Original Construction and Current Buildings


A total of 1,156 buildings were constructed on the originally vacant lots in the residential portion of the Back Bay as defined for purposes of this website.   Of these, as of 2015, 99 have been demolished and replaced with 61 newer buildings or, in two cases, with a playground and a parking lot.

The maps compare when buildings were first constructed on the originally vacant lots, and when the buildings in existence in 2015 were built.

The dates used for these maps are based on original permit applications or similar documentation, when available. When no such documentation is available, the dates provided in Bainbridge Bunting’s Houses of Boston’s Back Bay are used.


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