Walking Tour: The West End Now & Then

Walking Tour: The West End Now & Then

Photo by Charles Frani

When: Saturday May 21st; 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $7 Museum Members, $15 Non-Members; Registration required

People interested in the history of Boston often ask, “What was the old West End like? How did it look: the streets, the people, the buildings?”

The term ‘urban renewal’ has become synonymous with Boston’s West End. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, more than 50-acres of tenement housing was demolished under so-called “slum clearance” to make way for luxury high-rise buildings. More than 10,000 low-to-middle income residents were displaced from the neighborhood they called home and the community they loved.

Some key architectural buildings were left intact, as was the north slope of Beacon Hill, which for hundreds of years, was known as West Boston and later, the West End.

This walking tour will focus on some notable remaining buildings north of Cambridge Street and their significance to the people of the West End over the last 200 years.

The tour will begin at the West End Museum with a short presentation showing what the neighborhood used to look like followed by a walk through today’s West End up to the North Slope of Beacon Hill.

Duane Lucia, curator of the West End Museum, will lead the tour.

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