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The South End is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. Architecturally, it is composed mostly of mid-nineteenth century brownstones -- aesthetically uniform rows of five-story, predominantly red-brick structures, of mixed residential and commercial uses. The neighborhood was constructed atop landfill, reclaimed during the filling of Boston's marshy Back Bay, from the 1830s to the 1870s. Today, the South End is listed on the United States' National Registry of Historic Places. It is the nation's largest Victorian architectural district. City nickname: Beantown, The Hub, The Athens of America Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded September 17, 1630 County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ... A modern landfill operation. ... Back Bay is the name of several places and neighborhoods in the world, including: Back Bay, Boston Back Bay, New Brunswick This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Events and Trends Dutch-speaking farmers known as Voortrekkers emigrate northwards from the Cape Colony. ... Events and Trends Technology Invention of the telephone (1876) and phonograph (1877) WTF Science Ludwig Boltzmanns statistical definition of thermodynamic entropy War, peace and politics Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871) results in the collapse of the Second French Empire and in the formation of both the French Third Republic...

Some of Boston's most venerable institutions trace their roots to the South End. Boston College was founded in the South End in 1863. The original college buildings on Harrison Avenue still stand, though BC moved from the South End to then-rural Chestnut Hill as a result of rapid growth and urbanization in the late nineteenth century. Today, the South End is home to the Boston Ballet and the Boston Center for the Arts. Boston College is a private university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. ... Chestnut Hill is a place in the State of Massachusetts in the United States of America: see Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. ...

The South End is known for being Boston's upper middle class Gay/Bohemian/Cultural neighborhood. Housing in the South End is very expensive by American and Boston standards - it is difficult to find a one bedroom apartment for less than $400,000. Large numbers of gays, blacks, and young urban professionals, especially those with bohemian leanings, live in the South End, though many have been forced out due to the increasing expense.

The South End is noted for it's extensive collection of excellent restaurants, and is in some sense the city of Boston's "dining district". It also has a number of expensive clothing boutiques.

The South End lies south of the Back Bay, and northwest of South Boston. It is served by the orange line of the MBTA at Back Bay Station and the Mass Ave. stop. The Silver Line (rapid Bus Transit) runs down Washington Street. This article is about the neighborhood of Back Bay. ... South Boston is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, located south of the Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls the subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ...

External link

  • South End web site (http://www.southend.org)
  • Boston Family History site on the South End (http://www.bostonfamilyhistory.com/neigh_send.html)

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The South End was Boston's first planned community, built almost entirely on landfill between 1800 and 1850, when dirt was piled on either side of the narrow neck of land leading to the Shawmut peninsula -- modern downtown Boston.
On the South and West is Massachusetts Avenue, which features Chester Square, with its huge brownstone homes and condominiums with some of the biggest footprints in the city.
In the late 1840's and early 1850's, the South End was filled in, and construction began on what was then the most upscale area in the city.
South End Historical Society - History (315 words)
When Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1635, the South End was only a narrow isthmus of land connecting the town of Boston to the mainland.
The South End has a rich social and architectural history, but in the 20th century the neighborhood suffered from neglect, arson, and wholesale demolition.
In 1972, the South End was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as the largest Victorian brick rowhouse district extant in the United States.
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