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Boston, Massachusetts — Photo Essay

Boston, the largest city in and capitol of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is one of America’s oldest, most historic and scenic cities.

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Please enjoy the first of three photo essays I’ve publised on the city of Boston—a street level overview some of the city’s neighborhoods and public spaces.
For a more literal over-view, i.e. pictures of Boston from above, see my photos taken from the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory. A third Boston Photo Essay focuses on the city’s Revolutionary War history with locations along the Freedom Trail—a two and one-half mile route featuring significant historic sites.
Boston was the location for important events in the American Revolution including the Battle of Bunker Hill, Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre and Siege of Boston which ended with the fortification of Dorchester Heights.
Founded in 1630 on the Shawmut Peninsula by Puritan colonists from England, Boston’s original landmass has been considerably enlarged.

Pictures of downtown Boston

A section of the Boston skyline from the harbor

A view of downtown Boston from Boston Harbor. The waterfront once extended to the Custom House Tower.


Quincy Market and North Market in downtown Boston

An early landfill project was used to provide land for the construction of Quincy Market in 1826.
The building, now part of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, still provides a place for visitors and downtown workers to shop for food.
The cupola of Faneuil Hall can be seen on the left of the above photo.


Samuel Adams statue

Statue of American Patriot Samuel Adams behind Faneuil Hall on Congress Street—the site of numerous speeches
by Samuel Adams, James Otis and others encouraging independence from Great Britian.


Two large brick buildings on a long pier

Long Wharf, now considerably shortened because of landfill, once extended nearly a half-mile into the harbor from Faneuil Hall.
The wharf was once home to John Hancock’s counting house, now a restaurant and the oldest surviving structure.


Sculpture of a young couple and a young boy

Nearly a million Irish immigranted to the U.S. during the Famine years, many arriving and settling in Boston
near the waterfront, the North End and East Boston.


Sculpture of three people obviously distressed and hungry

The Boston Irish Famine Memorial by Robert Shure, across the street from the Old State House,
was unveiled in June 1998 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Famine.
It is one of the 20 stops on the Irish Heritage Trail in downton Boston and Back Bay.


A cable-stayed featuring two inverted Ys

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, part of the Big Dig Project.
The 10-lane, cable-stayed hybrid bridge, the widest ever built, opened in stages with the last in 2005.


Pictures of Boston Public Garden

Photo at dusk of pond, park and cityscape

First established in 1837 as the first public botanical garden in the U.S,, Boston Public Garden still reflects its Victorian heritage.
The above view is to the west with the Arlington Street Church in Back Bay (1861).


Early morning shot of a duck sleeping beside two swans, also sleeping, on a twig nest

Two Swans (Romeo and Juliet) live in the Public Garden from May through October, sleeping and laying eggs on an twig nest.


One swan on a twig nest and one swimming in bright morning sun with several ducks

The swans live at the Franklin Park Zoo in the winter.
Named for an earlier pair this pair, both females, has been reintroduced each year since 2003.


A view beneth a bridge of six Swan Boats parked in a pond

Swan Boats have been part of the Boston Public Garden experience since 1877.


Two ducklings in the water near a Swan Boat

Along with swans, ducks and ducklings make their home in the park.


A woman walks past a bronze sculpture of a mother duck and 8 ducklings

Possibly the most famous sculpture in Public Garden is this Duckling Sculpture by Nancy Schön
based on Robert McCloskey’s Make way for Ducklings 1941 bestseller.


Equestrian statue of George Washington

Just the second monument in the Garden, this equestrian statue of George Washington by Thomas Ball was unveiled in 1869.


Pictures of the Charles River and Esplanade area

The second and third images on my Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory Photo Essay are good aerial type shots of the Charles River and Esplanade area of Boston. Here are a few shots from ground level.

A twin outboard engine state police boat, wind surfer and sail boat near a bridge

Boats on the Charles River near Longfellow Bridge. The Bunker Hill Monument is visible in the distance on the top right.


A Boston Duck Tours boat near Longfellow Bridge

Longfellow Bridge—a combination railway and highway bridge known to locals as the “Salt-and-Pepper-Shaker Bridge”—
crosses the Charles River between Boston’s Beacon Hill and Kendal Square area in Cambridge.
Above a Boston Duck Tours boat visits one of the sculptures on the main pier representing the prow of a Viking ship.


Two people in a yellow kayak pass under a bridge

The Charles River Esplanade is a state-owned park between Boston’s Back Bay and the Charles River with
boating, walkways, playgrounds, statuary and the Hatch Memorial Shell performance stage.
There is a good photo of the Hatch Shell on my Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory photo essay.


Large head sculpture made of stacked plates

Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops first performed on the Esplanade during the summer of 1929.
This sculpture of the conductor, created by Ralph Helmick, is located near the Hatch Shell.


Pictures of Boston’s Copley Square

Woman walking her dog past the John Singleton Copley statue

Named for John Singleton Copley, America’s first great portrait artist, Copley Square is literally an equilateral square
with a number of historic and architecturally important buildings and landmarks on and around it.


A modern glass skyscraper soars over a Romanesque Revival church

The John Hancock Tower, designed by I.M. Pei is 60 stories tall. The old John Hancock building. completed in 1922
was the second of the John Hancock buildings and is known for its weather beacon which broadcasts light patterns as
weather forcasts. It is now known as the Berkeley Building. The first, now known as the Stephen L. Brown Building, completed in 1922 was the second tallest building in Boston, 26 stories high, for several decades.


A rough stone church reflected in an all glass skyscraper

Trinity Church, seen here reflected in the John Hancock Tower, was completed in 1877. Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson,
the style has come to be known as “Richardson Romanesque” characterized by rough stone, heavy arches, massive tower,
clay roof and multiple colored stonework (polychromy). Trinity Church is considered one of the top ten buildings in the U.S.


Italian palazzo style facad on a large stone building with flower garden in the foreground

Opened in 1895, Boston Public Library was the first publicly-supported municipal library in American, the first library
with a children’s room and is the second-largest public library in the U.S.


Tortoise and Hare sculptures

This Tortoise and the Hare sculpture at Copley Square, a reference to one of Aesop’s fables, was designed by
Boston sculptor Nancy Schön to pay tribute to all Boston Marathon participants.


A large northern Italian Gothic church

Old South Church in Boston is a National Historic Landmark building across the street from the Boston Public Library
on Copley Square. Completed in 1875, the historic church is a colorful example of Northern Italian Gothic architecture.


Fenway Park, Home of the Boston Red Sox

Woman takes a photo of the Teammates statue at Fenway Park in Boston

Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio are the Boston Red Sox baseball players immortalized in the
Teammates statue outside Fenway Park in Boston. The last photo in my Boston from Above essay is an aerial shot of Fenway.


Don’t miss my photo essays on Boston’s Freedom Trail and Boston from above.

Next — Boston from above

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