Posts About Boston

Posts About Boston: The Mapparium is an enormous stained glass globe that’s 30 feet wide and three stories tall. You walk through it on a glass bridge that gives you at 360° view from the center of the earth looking outward.

Inside the Mapparium

As a docent for Boston By Foot, I come into and walk around the city a great deal. I learned a lot about Boston’s history during my @BBF training to become a tour guide and I have read a lot more since then. As a blogger, I have written many posts about Boston and some comprise a series around a topic.

As I have read and written about Boston, walked through the city’s streets and poked into odd places, I have become even more interested in what it has to offer residents, visitors and tourists alike. To make it easier for readers of The Next Phase to access all the posts I have written about Boston in one place, this page collects them all. I updated this page regularly.

Boston’s Hidden Gems Series:

I define Boston’s Hidden Gems aslargely unknown places in the city that ordinary folks can visit. Some can be found outside while some are inside and some bring the outdoors in. You can visit most of them for free although a few have admission charges. Some can be seen at any time while visiting others may require advance planning. Many residents don’t know about these little jewels but all are definitely worth a visit

  1. The Salada Tea Doors are not exactly hidden—hundreds of people walk past them every day—but most pedestrians just walk on by. Even though there’s a plaque explaining what they are and who made them, and the doors themselves are beautiful, folks are in too much of a hurry to stop and take a look. When they’re open during the workday it is more difficult to see them but when they are closed after business hours, the doors are on full display.

    The Salada Tea Doors

    Tenshin-en — Museum District

  2. The Mapparium — Back Bay
  3. Boston Public Library Courtyard –Back Bay
  4. The Ether Dome — West End
  5. The Tiffany Sanctuary — Back Bay
  6. The Salada Tea Doors — Back Bay
  7. Museum Restoration — Back Bay
  8. St. Francis Garden — Back Bay
  9. History Dioramas — Back Bay
  10. Exchange Staircase — Financial District
  11. Pru Garden — Back Bay
  12. Angel of the Waters — Public Garden
  13. The Ayer Mansion Lobby — Kenmore
  14. The Catalonian Chapel — Museum District
  15. The Vertical Garden on Merrimac Street — West End
  16. The Vilna Shul — Beacon Hill
  17. The Great Elm on the Boston Common — Boston Common
  18. The Copley Station Headhouse — Back Bay
  19. The Rose Kennedy Rose Garden — Waterfront
  20. The Province House Steps Connect 3 Centuries — Downtown
  21. Independence Wharf Observation Deck — Waterfront
  22. Boston Harbor Hotel Grand Observatory — Waterfront
  23. Building Boston — Scale-Model City — Waterfront
  24. The Boston Athenaeum’s Fascinating First Floor — Beacon Hill
  25. The Marriott Hotel in a Molasses Warehouse — Fort Point Channel

Boston’s Angels Series

Posts About Boston: The angel was sculpted by Daniel Chester French, the man who created the monumental president who sits in Washington’s Lincoln Memorial. He collaborated with Architect Henry Bacon on that structure as well as on this—the last thing they worked on together.

The angel of the waters

Every western city displays images of angels: big ones and small ones, cherubim and seraphim, paintings and sculptures, made of bronze and stained glass, found inside, outside, and on top of roofs and steeples. Boston has fewer angels as public art than many old cities, probably because of its Puritan heritage. This series about Boston’s angels starts with four angels worth finding.

Posts About Boston: The City

Beacon Hill

Downtown / Financial / Commercial Districts

The North End

The South End

The Back Bay

The West End

Fenway / Museum District

The Waterfront / Seaport / Fort Point Channel Districts

The Bronze Menagerie Series

As in many cities, statues and other types of public art fill the streets, squares, parks and buildings of Boston. The majority, however, memorialize what have been called, “dead white men.” You can find a few statues of women but, surprisingly, there are far more statues of animals.

The lions came to flank the front door in 1899 and remained in place for nearly 70 years. A third lion prowled the roof above the front door. They were created by Boston sculptor and painter Alexander Pope Jr. and the two seated beasts stood six and a half feet high. Mr. Pope modeled them on a pair of African lions, using a real lion named Wallace who resided in the old Boston zoo. Mr. Pope cast them in cement, which was then colored to match the brownstone of the building.

The King of the Jungle on a cold winter day

This collection of posts includes animals large and small, wild and domestic, walking and swimming, fierce and friendly. You can find them fairly easily because they are scattered all over the city but it helps if you know where to look. These posts include maps to help you find Boston’s Bronze Menagerie.

Outside the City

Docent Doings