In my quest to learn more about my favorite city and the history of its architecture, I recently signed up for a walking tour of Boston, which was hosted by the Boston Society of Architects and sponsored by Boston by Foot.
Alice was our tour guide, and we started out in Scollay Square at the newly built Government Center T stop where the group learned all about what went into this great project.
I was surprised to find out that Scollay Square was originally supposed to look like the big market plaza in Siena, Italy. While the bricks were a good start, the surrounding office buildings reminded me more of East Germany in the 90s. ;-)
Afterwards we worked our way through Quincy Market, the North End, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and ended at Longwharf, just in time to witness the most beautiful pink sunset from the Harborwalk.
It was amazing to learn how Boston has reinvented itself over and over again throughout the last decades, to adjust to an ever growing population and change in business and industry demands.
Since I am a big fan of small and weird details, one of my favorite things I learned during this tour was that some of the electric lamps in the North End (and throughout Boston) have been changed back to the original gas lamps. And when you look closely, you can see that they still say E.L. for "Edison Lighting" on the side.
It's easy to take things around you for granted when you commute every day or you are in a rush. So next time you're on your way to work or just out for a stroll, look up and around you.
Boston has so many layers and hidden treasures and there is always something new to discover.