Boston Neighborhood History Series: South End
February 23, 2012
Created on landfill, the South End was designed by famed architect Charles Bulfinch who brought his eye for balance to this neighborhood in 1801. But by the 1970s neglect, arson, and demolition had destroyed more than a quarter of the area’s original buildings. Hope Shannon, Director of the South End Historical Society, tells how citizens came together to save the historical treasures of their community, and in 1972 placed The South End on the National Register of Historic Places as the largest Victorian brick rowhouse district extant in the United States.