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South End

The South End, not to be confused with South Boston, borders the Back Bay to the south and South Boston, to the north. Originally just a tidal marsh, the South End provided the historic entryway into Boston via Orange Street, renamed present-day Washington Street after the American Revolution.

Beginning in the 1830’s through the 1870’s, the South End was filled-in to create an entirely new neighborhood for the city’s burgeoning merchant class. Laid-out in the English garden-style, the South End was comprised principally of brick townhouses and grand civic buildings, most of which survive thanks to historic preservation efforts.

Today, the South End is a registered and protected Landmark District and contains the largest intact Victorian row house district in the country. It’s many top-notch restaurants drive Boston’s exciting foodie scene. The neighborhood is also home to signature cultural institutions like the Boston Ballet, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Calderwood Pavilion, plus a variety of individual art galleries, theaters, and artist loft spaces. The South End is strategically located with excellent access to public transportation via the MBTA’s Orange, Green, Silver, and commuter Rail Lines, Amtrak service to New York and beyond, and to the west via The Massachusetts Turnpike and to Boston’s North and South Shores via I-93.

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