Old West End

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General Admission: $15
Boston By Foot Members: $5

Tour lasts 90 minutes.

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Old West End

July Tour of the Month

Look into the past for a tour of Boston’s Old West End. Once a thriving multi-cultural neighborhood representing 23 nationalities, The West End was transformed during a Government-sponsored Urban Renewal Program starting in the late 1950s and lasting through the 1960s. The project displaced over 2,500 families amounting to over 10,000 people. Concurrently, the City Hall Plaza project (through separate funding) forced the demise of Scollay Square - the commercial, entertainment and cultural center of the neighborhood. Lost were relics such as the Old Howard, The Boston Museum (think P.T. Barnum), and the Elizabeth Peabody House. In its place, just a few small plaques commemorate 300 years of lost history.

This tour encompasses the old neighborhood and recreates the fabric of the era before Urban Renewal and City Hall Plaza. 

Highlights include: The West End Museum, The Last Tenement Standing, The West End Settlement House, The Old West End Church, The West End Library, Bowdoin Square and Scollay Square.

Schedule 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm - This is a special preview for BBF Members. Members attend for free and may bring guests for $5 each.

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour at any time with advance notice. Private tour rates do apply. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.