Back Bay Development: 1855-1859

Overview – 1855-1859 – 1860-18641865-18691870-18741875-18791880-18841885-18891890-18991900-19091910-2015

The first houses built in the Back Bay were located on the north side of Beacon Street, between Arlington and Berkeley, on land north of the Mill Dam that had been filled by 1851.

Detail from 1851 plan of the Back Bay; A Set of Plans Showing the Back Bay 1814-1881, by Fuller and Whitney

The filling of the Back Bay lands south of the Mill Dam began in the fall of 1857, and the first houses were not constructed until the early 1860s.

The map to the right, prepared by civil engineers Fuller and Whitney in 1881, shows the Back Bay as it existed in 1851, including the strip of land already filled north of the Mill Dam covering the area now between Arlington and Clarendon Streets.

The map below indicates when a building was first constructed on a specific lot through 1859. The dates used are the dates provided in Bainbridge Bunting’s Houses of Boston’s Back Bay.

Following the map is a list of the 12 houses constructed between 1855 and 1859.

Original Construction through 1859

Original Construction through 1859

Click here for a link to maps showing the progress of construction from 1855 through 2015, in slideshow format.

Below is a list of the 12 houses constructed between 1855 and 1859. Houses indicated as demolished were replaced by 2015.

Beacon: Arlington to Berkeley
North Side
100 Beacon (1856) (Demolished)
102 Beacon (1856)
104 Beacon (1856)
106 Beacon (1856)
108 Beacon (1856)
110 Beacon (1856)
112 Beacon (1856)
114 Beacon (1856)
116 Beacon (1856)
118 Beacon (1856) (Demolished)
120 Beacon (1857)
122 Beacon (1857)