WEST END HISTORIC SITES

The West End was a settled community by the early 18th Century. As the Town of Boston grew the sections of the settlements gradually merged. The Bulfinch Triangle area was designed by America’s first professional architect, Charles Bulfinch in the early 19th Century. It consists of “made” land, i.e. fill taken from the nearby hills built up what had been an area used as a tidal mill pond. The original “West End” included the north slopes of Mt. Pemberton and Beacon Hill. The Old West End was basically razed during the Urban Renewal Project in the 1950’s. The buildings in the Bulfinch Triangle and selected buildings of historical interest were spared. Today the area is a mixture of public buildings, institutions, commercial and residential multi-famiy buildings.

The Historic Sites listed below are the important architectural structures remaining from the 18th & 19th Century Boston West End.

Harrison Gray Otis House

HARRISON GRAY OTIS HOUSE c. 1796
141 Cambridge Street

Old West Church Boston

OLD WEST CHURCH c. 1806
131 Cambridge Street

OLD SUFFOLK COUNTY JAIL [a/k/a
CHARLES STREET JAIL] C. 1851
Charles Street & Cambridge Street

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
[BULFINCH BUILDING] c. 1821
55 Fruit Street

Saint Joseph's Church

ST JOSEPH CHURCH est. 1862
68 William Cardinal O’Connell Way