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Walking Tour: South End

October 26, 2017 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Price: $15 ($12 BSA Members and Friends of BSA Space); preregistration required
Where: Meet your guide on the plaza across from the entrance to the Back Bay MBTA Station, on Dartmouth Street, Boston

Walking Tour: South End

Join the BSA Foundation and Boston By Foot to explore one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Boston. The South End was Boston's first big landmaking project designed to create new housing for Boston's growing upper class. Laid out in fill of the South Bay, the South End was based on an English plan and contains one of the largest collections of Victorian architecture in the country. The latter part of the 1800s brought an array of brick row houses of many different architectural styles to the South End.

After Back Bay provided a newer and more fashionable place to live for the city’s established families, the South End evolved into an area occupied by a diverse population of Bostonians. Major institutions, like the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Boston City Hospital, came into the South End to serve these new populations. The neighborhood is now known for its quality restaurants, funky boutiques, artist lofts, galleries, and theaters.

This tour was originally scheduled for 6:00 pm but has been moved to an earlier time to allow for more daylight.

This is a program of the BSA Foundation in partnership with Boston by Foot.

Boston By Foot promotes public awareness and appreciation of Boston’s rich history and architectural heritage by offering a wide range of guided tour tours and programs.


Your registration includes acceptance of the BSA Space photo release and consent policy. Registrants to this event will be added to the BSA Space mailing list for updates on future public programs and exhibitions. Registrants may unsubscribe at any time. Email addresses will not be shared or sold to third parties.

Image: South End Boston - panoramio. Credit: Thomas Julin, creative commons license, modified.

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) reaches its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. That’s 150 years of design professionals working together to build often inventive and creative buildings for this city and for the people who live in it. It’s really quite amazing—150 years of progress, innovation, standard-setting, collaboration, and community building.

Other initiatives marking the 150th anniversary may include: an exhibition timeline at BSA Space focusing on the BSA's achievements over the last 150 years, weekly  essays from a leader or ally of the organization, and plaques to be mounted on design award winning buildings.