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Back Bay: A Living Portrait
     

Back Bay: A Living Portrait

by Barbara W. Moore, Constance Schnitger (Illustrator), Southie Burgin (Photographer), Gail Weesner
 

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In its prime, Boston's Back Bay was known around the world for its Gilded Age mansions and impeccable social credentials. A century later it was a neighborhood under siege, threatened with high-rise development and institutional takeovers. Today it is again admired, not only as a proud survivor but as an elegant, livable inner city neighborhood, a tribute to its

Overview

In its prime, Boston's Back Bay was known around the world for its Gilded Age mansions and impeccable social credentials. A century later it was a neighborhood under siege, threatened with high-rise development and institutional takeovers. Today it is again admired, not only as a proud survivor but as an elegant, livable inner city neighborhood, a tribute to its architectural adaptability and to the spirit of the residents who continue to protect it.

In this richly illustrated book, the authors recount the fascinating saga of this man-made piece of real estate, tracing its development from desolate swampland to the seat of High Victorian respectability. The history is illustrated with more than fifty historical maps and photographs, some of them never before published.

Next is a tour of the modern neighborhood illustrated with color photographs, a street-by-street survey of many of the district's most intriguing places. Finally the authors step inside some forty Back Bay houses, ranging from snug single-family dwellings to once-opulent mansions now converted to condominiums or adapted for institutional use.

Remarkably intact, today's Back Bay symbolizes Boston at its most glorious hour. Though its rich and famous creators have long disappeared, its streets and houses proclaim the richness of its past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963207739
Publisher:
Centry Hill Press
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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