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  • 1. Boston Public Library

    Back Bay | Library/Archive

    This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature and a valuable research library. The Renaissance Revival building was opened in...Read More

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  • 2. Massachusetts State House

    Beacon Hill | Government Building

    On July 4, 1795, the surviving fathers of the Revolution were on hand to enshrine the ideals of their new Commonwealth in a graceful seat of...Read More

  • 3. Old North Church

    North End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At one end of the Paul Revere Mall is a church famous not only for being the oldest standing church building in Boston (built in 1723) but for...Read More

  • 4. Old State House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This colonial-era landmark has one of the most recognizable facades in Boston, with its State Street gable adorned by a brightly gilded lion...Read More

  • 5. Trinity Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In his 1877 masterpiece, architect Henry Hobson Richardson brought his Romanesque Revival style to maturity; all the aesthetic elements for...Read More

  • 6. Back Bay Mansions

    Back Bay | House/Mansion/Villa

    If you like nothing better than to imagine how the other half lives, you'll suffer no shortage of old homes to sigh over in Boston's Back Bay...Read More

  • 7. Beacon Street

    Beacon Hill | Building/Architectural Site

    Some New Englanders believe that wealth is a burden to be borne with a minimum of display. Happily, the early residents of Beacon Street were...Read More

  • 8. Cathedral of the Holy Cross

    South End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This enormous 1875 Gothic cathedral dominates the corner of Washington and Union Park streets. The main church of the Archdiocese of Boston...Read More

  • 9. Church of the Covenant

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 1867 Gothic Revival church, a National Historic Landmark at the corner of Newbury and Berkeley streets, has one of the largest collections...Read More

  • 10. Exeter Street Theater

    Back Bay | Building/Architectural Site

    This massive Romanesque structure was built in 1884 as a temple for the Working Union of Progressive Spiritualists. Beginning in 1914, it enjoyed...Read More

  • 11. First Baptist Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 1872 structure, at the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, was architect Henry Hobson Richardson's first foray into Romanesque...Read More

  • 12. Gibson House

    Back Bay | House/Mansion/Villa

    Through the foresight of an eccentric bon vivant, this house provides an authentic glimpse into daily life in Boston's Victorian era. One of...Read More

  • 13. John Hancock Tower

    Back Bay | Financial Institution

    In the early 1970s, the tallest building in New England became notorious as the monolith that rained glass from time to time. Windows were improperly...Read More

  • 14. Old South Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Members of the Old South Meeting House, of Tea Party fame, decamped to this new site in 1873, a move not without controversy. In an Italian...Read More

  • 15. Old West Church

    Old West End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1806 using the design of builder and architect Asher Benjamin, this imposing United Methodist church stands, along with the Harrison...Read More

  • 16. Symphony Hall

    Back Bay | Arts/Performance Venue

    While Boston's Symphony Hall—the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops—is considered among the best in the world for its...Read More

  • 17. U.S. Custom House

    Downtown | Building/Architectural Site

    This 1847 structure resembles a Greek Revival temple that appears to have sprouted a tower. It's just that. This is the work of architects Ammi...Read More

  • 18. William Hickling Prescott House

    Beacon Hill | House/Mansion/Villa

    Now a modest but engaging house museum, this 1808 Federal structure was designed by Asher Benjamin, and was the home of noted historian William...Read More

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