Houses of Boston's Back Bay: An Architectural History, 1840-1917

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Harvard University Press, 1967 - Architecture - 494 pages
Sociologically speaking, the Back Bay is Boston's fashionable residential quarter -- or so it was until the great depression of 1929 began the gradual conversion of its aristocratic dwellings to more modest uses. Occupying about two hundred acres in the center of the greater filled region, the limits of this smaller area are the river, the Public Garden, Boylston Street, and Fenway Park. The Back Bay is interesting to Bostonian and visitor of the present day for a variety of reasons. Some will look at the area as a remarkably complete example of nineteenth century American architecture. Some people with a sociological interest will study the area's changes in property use and occupancy over the last thirty-five years and try to foresee the role the Back Bay is to play in the future development of the metropolitan center. Still others are concerned with the area as a convenient place to live or with property values and tax rates. With a precision almost unique in American history, the buildings of the Back Bay chart the course of architectural development for more than half a century. - Introduction.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION i
5
18441857
43
Facade of 39 Commonwealth Avenue 1872 repeating a design of 1864
119
Entrance of 39 Commonwealth Avenue Bonnie Orr
120
Library woodwork at 135 Beacon Street 1860
121
Entrance of 1315 Marlborough Street 1864
122
Entrance of 3739 Marlborough Street 1869
123
Facade of 304 Berkeley Street 1869
124
Facade of 191 Marlborough Street 1881
204
Facade of 226 Commonwealth Avenue 1881
206
Facade of 20 Fairfield Street 1875
207
Stair hall at 86 Marlborough Street 1872
208
Detail of fig 121
209
Dining room mantel at 86 Marlborough Street
210
Facade of 86 Marlborough Street 1872
211
Entrance of 164 Marlborough Street 1870
213

Entrance of 327 Beacon Street 1871
125
Facade of 117 Beacon Street 1864
127
Bay windows of 2123 Marlborough Street 1866 Bonnie Orr
128
Typical plans of Back Bay houses in the 186os
131
Facade of 271279 Clarendon Street 1869
134
Entrances of 275 and 277 Clarendon Street
135
Stair hall at 22 Commonwealth Avenue 1861
138
Fireplace at 135 Beacon Street 1860
140
Main stair at 72 Marlborough Street 1866
142
Main stair first floor i Arlington Street Bonnie Orr courtesy of the Catholic Womens Club
143
Main Stair at 10 Commonwealth Avenue 1864
144
Main stair at 226 Beacon Street 1864
145
Marble mantel at 22 Commonwealth Avenue 1861
146
Wood mantel at 22 Commonwealth Avenue
147
Bedroom mantel 407 Beacon Street 1867
148
Facade detail of 122 Beacon Street 1857
149
Entrance at 24 Commonwealth Avenue 1861 Bonnie Orr
150
Marble mantel at I Arlington Street Bonnie Orr courtesy of the Cath olic Womens Club
151
Drawing room ceiling at I Arlington Street
152
Detail of fig 88
153
Hotel Hamilton 260 Clarendon Street 1869
156
Number 41 Brimmer Street 1869
159
18691885
167
Commonwealth Avenue numbers 220230 constructed 18791881
169
Principal architectural styles in the Back Bay
173
Entrance of 321 Marlborough Street 1877
175
Facade of 59 61 and 63 Commonwealth Avenue 18741879 Bonnie Orr
177
Facade of 261 263 and 265 Commonwealth Avenue 1880 Bonnie Orr
178
Number 165 Marlborough Street and 326328 Dartmouth Street 1871
179
Facade of 326 Dartmouth Street detail of fig 97 Bonnie Orr
180
Facade of 165 Marlborough Street detail of fig 97
182
Plan of principal floor 165 Marlborough Street and 326328 Dartmouth Street
183
Entrance hall at 165 Marlborough Street Henry Sargent
184
Library at 165 Marlborough Street Henry Sargent
185
Dining room at 165 Marlborough Street Henry Sargent
186
Facade of 275277 Beacon Street 1876
187
Facade of 101 Marlborough Street 1872
189
Facade of 63 Marlborough Street 1875
190
Facade of 397 Beacon Street 1870
191
Facade of 7 9 and n Hereford Street and 435 Beacon Street 1879
192
Entrance of 9 Hereford Street
193
no Facade of 165 Beacon Street 1869
197
Facade of 14 and 16 Marlborough Street 1863 and 1864
199
Facade of 109 Newbury Street 1871
200
Facade of 277 Dartmouth Street 1878
201
Facade of 121 Commonwealth Avenue 1872
202
Trinity rectory 233 Clarendon Street 1879 original state Boston Public Library
214
Trinity rectory present state
215
Facade of 21 Fairfield Street 1880
217
Library inglenook in Trinity rectory Bonnie Orr
218
Drawing room inglenook in Trinity rectory Bonnie Orr
219
Dining room fireplace in Trinity rectory Bonnie Orr
220
Bedroom fireplace in Trinity rectory Bonnie Orr
221
Facade of 270 and 274 Beacon Street 1881 American Architect vol xiv
222
Facade of 234 Commonwealth Avenue 1889
223
Secondfloor library at 234 Commonwealth Avenue
224
Facade of 282 Commonwealth Avenue 1884
225
Facade of 222 Newbury Street 1884
226
Facade of 135 Marlborough Street 1880
232
Facade of 12 Fairfield Street 1879
233
Detail of fig 145
234
Entrance of 270 Dartmouth Street 1881
236
Facade of 346 Beacon Street 1882
237
Facade of 211 Commonwealth Avenue 1883
238
Detail of fig 150
239
Facade of 357359 Beacon Street 1885
242
Facade of 505 Beacon Street 1888
243
Entrance of 251 Commonwealth Avenue 1880
245
Facade of 283285 Beacon Street 1885
246
Facade of 257 Marlborough Street 1883 Bonnie Orr
247
Numbers 336354 Beacon Street
248
Numbers 245275 Marlborough Street Bonnie Orr
249
Facade of 385389 Marlborough Street 1880
252
A summary of setback requirements
253
Facade of 176178 Commonwealth Avenue 1883
254
Placement of staircase in the 1860s and the 1870s
258
Main stair at 74 Commonwealth Avenue 1870 Bonnie Orr
259
Main stair at 273 Commonwealth Avenue 1891 Henry Sargent
260
Main stair at 231 Commonwealth Avenue 1885 Henry Sargent
261
Main stair at 231 Commonwealth Avenue
262
Reception hall at 306 Dartmouth Street 1882 Henry Sargent
263
Reception hall at 306 Dartmouth Street Henry Sargent
264
Skylight at 306 Dartmouth Street Henry Sargent
265
Library at 211 Commonwealth Avenue 1883 Henry Sargent
266
Drawing room at 211 Commonwealth Avenue Henry Sargent
267
The Academic Brownstone style The Academic Brick style
277
THE AUTHENTIC REVIVALS AND TRIUMPH
287
THE BACK BAY AREA AS AN EXAMPLE OF CITY
361
APPENDICES
401
B Churches in the Back
459
INDEX
485
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Bainbridge Bunting was Director of the Cambridge Historical Commission's Survey of Architectural History in Cambridge.

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