Street Names: Lost and Found

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Street Names: Lost and Found focuses on the changes to Boston’s Old West End brought on by the Urban Renewal period of the mid-20th Century. Both the physical geography and the names of streets changed significantly between 1955 and the present day. For example, Green, Chambers and Allen Streets were reconfigured and made into Cardinal O’Connell Way; Lynde Street was made a dead end; and new streets with new names sprang up, such as Lomasney Way, formerly Lowell Street, which is named after the famous West End ward boss Martin Lomasney. Several other streets have disappeared altogether.

Street Names: Lost and Found is an attempt to recover some of that history lost during Urban Renewal, exploring old and new pathways and the characters after whom they are named.”

This exhibition is the first of two exhibitions delving into the history of West End street names.

Exhibit and Design copyright Duane Lucia.

Leverett Street

Leverett Street

Barton Street

Barton Street

Map of Bonner Street

Map of Bonner Street

Staniford Street

Staniford Street

Lynde Street

Lynde Street

Chambers Street

Chambers Street

Map of Perkins Street

Map of Perkins Street

Allen Street

Allen Street

1796 Map of Osgood Carlton

1796 Map of Osgood Carlton

Map of Hales

1814 Map of Hales

Parkman Street

Parkman Street

1814 Map of Hales

1814 Map of Hales

McLean Street

McLean Street

1895 Map of Perkins Street

1895 Map of Perkins Street

1938 Atlas of Bromley Street

1938 Atlas of Bromley Street

1826 Map of Fuller Street

1826 Map of Fuller Street

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