To join the Boston’s Big Dig Walking Tour, you should make your way to Bruegger's Bagel Bakery at 7 School Street, located at the corner of School and Washington Streets, just across from the Old South Meeting House.Your tour guide will be waiting for you under the front awning.
With your expert guide, you will set off to explore Boston’s architectural history as revealed by the massive engineering project known as “The Big Dig”.
Your tour guide will begin by discussing the legacy of English architectural and town planning ideals as manifested in the Old Massachusetts State House and Fanueil Hall, two renowned monuments in Boston.
From here you’ll pass by other notable buildings, including Quincy Market, the Custom House, and the nearby warehouse buildings of the Boston Granite School,which together trace the city’s physical expansion along the shoreline.Using historical maps for reference, you’ll see how topography and layout of the city have influenced its present form.
You will be able to understand how successive styles of commercial buildings narrate the city’s economic development during the 19th and 20th centuries, giving rise, eventually, to the construction of a major highway through the city's core in the 1950s.
You’ll learn the story of this highway, and the dozens like it that impacted American cities all across the country from the open greenway that now marks the Big Dig.Your guide will discuss questions of transportation, civic identity, and urban planning along this corridor.
You’ll look at this project’s goals, some of its obstacles, and the ways in which it has transformed the city.A walk along the Big Dig’s corridor of parks, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway , will reveal the multiple incarnations of Boston’s social and physical identities that have defined this area over the last two centuries.
The tour ends in the vicinity of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Park. At the end you should emerge with a deeper understanding of how Boston has changed over the century and how the current city reflects its history.