ART
ARCHITECTURE
& HISTORY
in the Public Realm
St. James Avenue at Claredon Street

Photographer
Peter Vanderwarker
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Description
ABOUT THE HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS
"The land we see in the old photo didn’t exist 10 years earlier. The site was water, part of the tidal basin known as the Back Bay. The filling of the Back Bay – an operation on a scale comparable with today’s Central Artery project – began in 1857. For the next 30 years, every day, 3,500 railroad cars arrived from Needham filled with gravel. By 1869, the filling had progressed far enough to permit the erection of the huge building we see in the photo....
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Location
St. James Avenue & Claredon Street
Boston, MA 02116
United States

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