As Boston inches its way toward 400 years of history, its constructed landscape becomes a bigger mix of old and new. Here’s how architecture buffs can best check it out.
Boston By Foot
Architecture and history are two top topics of Boston By Foot walking tours. “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” is a regular on the calendar, but others like “Architectural Darwinism: Which Buildings Stand the Test of Time” and “Art Deco in Boston’s Financial District” can be arranged as private tours.
PhD-level experts lead these tours that are perfect for intellectually curious travelers. The three-hour “Boston’s Big Dig: Transforming A Cityscape” jaunt covers urban planning, topography and corruption related to this notorious engineering project.
Hop aboard a charming riverboat on the Charles River to take in architecture on both the Boston and Cambridge banks. Fun facts abound; here’s one: Beacon Hill’s three original peaks were scraped down to use as fill in the early 19th century.
SA+P Wolk Gallery
MIT’s Wolk Gallery focuses on art and design in the fields of architecture and urban planning, featuring regular exhibitions. A recent example: “Gothicness: On the Strangeness of Rib Details, by Brandon Clifford.”
In-house Art & Architecture Tours
Many individual historic sites across the Hub offer regular Art & Architecture tours. Among them: Boston Athenaeum, Boston Public Library and Trinity Church, and on singular occasions the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and New England Historical Genealogical Society.