EVENT: Ladder Blocks Walking Tour

You’re invited to a special preview for Alliance and Boston By Foot members. The Ladder Blocks Walking Tour will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. A second Ladder Blocks tour will be held on May 27. We’ll meet (both times) at 22 Boylston Street for a tour of a Downtown neighborhood that the Alliance nominated to Preservation Massachusetts’s 2016 state-wide list of Most Endangered Resources. The tour lasts 90 minutes. 

Boston’s Ladder Blocks are bounded by Washington and Tremont Streets south of School Street. The streets that connect them create a street grid shaped like a ladder, giving the district the name by which it was once known. These blocks have a rich histo¬ry, from life as a residential neighborhood to a hub of small specialty retail. In this walk we trace the architectural and social history of the Ladder Blocks as a seedbed of Boston’s intellectual identity and the nexus of its cultural character. The scale and character of this neighborhood and many of its streets currently are under threat as the Ladder Blocks face the pressure of large-scale redevelopment. Connecting the Theatre District and the central business district, this walk includes the Temple Place Historic District; arts venues from the Paramount Theatre to the Orpheum; and historically significant buildings from the Masonic Temple to the Parker House Hotel.
 

May 20 
Members attend for free and may bring guests for $5 each.

May 27 
General Admission: $15
Boston By Foot Members and Boston Preservation Alliance Members: $5
Register here
 

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