North End, Boston
I’m not quite sure why I took pictures of the Traffic Tunnel Administration Building, but at the time I think that I was rather interested in the architecture of the structure. As you can tell from the pictures, this building – which is sunken down on the level of the tunnel entrances – is an interesting example of neo-Classical design. Apart from that, I think that it is not open to casual visits from those interested in the architectural intricacies of the Tunnel Administration headquarters.
Let me clarify myself here. The North End is not off the Beaten Path. In fact, one of the countries most trodden paths slices right through the North End. What I'm suggesting here is to literally get off the beaten path, namely the Freedom Trail, and discover the other pleasures of the North End. And there are many. From narrow streets and alleyways, to religious shrines, to wonderful old brick buildings, the North End is alive with charm. So, while you're walking the Freedom Trail through the North End, peer down the side streets, and if something catches your eye...go take a look. Chances are it'll take you to another street corner with other directions to wander. Pretty soon you'll be happily lost in the North End.
Jackson Avenue is the narrowest street I have come across in my explorations of Boston. It is just over a metre wide, perhaps less, and obviously cannot fit a single automobile, though it is paved just like any other navigable street. It is bordered by apartment houses to the right and the wall of Copp's Hill Cemetary to the right. It can be reached from Commercial Street, the wide boulevard which circumscribes the North End and runs along the waterfront.
Of course, to access the North End's secluded courtyards, one must first locate and navigate the secret passages leading to them, equally as mysterious and intriguing, often labyrinthine and sometimes entirely unlighted. The photo displays one of my favourites, leading from the courtyard shown above to the brightly-sunlit street.
In between the narrow alleys and tall brick homes of the North End, everyday residents of this city neighbourhood have been creating respites of their own. Reminiscent of courtyards in European cities, the North End variations are often meant for the private use of the neighbourhood, but this doesn't seem to be enforced too well, since the courtyards are somewhat well-hidden. It takes a real urban explorer to discover some of these areas. One particularly nice courtyard I discovered by darting beneath a fire escape between 18th century houses on North Street and emerging into a splendid brick piazza with cascading gardens nearby. If anything, these areas give an indisputible charm to the neighbourhood and serve to reclaim parts of Boston for people rather than automobiles.
Try to deflect at least for some time (if you have it) from the Freedom Trail. I recommend you to do it in italian quarter and all central north-east. You'll get to very nice yards which are impossible to notice from the streets.
' The British are coming !' Paul Revier's House stands in Boston. Here he had 19 children.
It is the oldest wood frame house in Boston (1677). It became the Revere's home in 1771. Revere was a valuable man,fine silversmith, churchman. So General Warren chose him as a messenger.
This is the tiniest little Italian grocery store, but it has the greatest-looking pastas, olives, and Italian imported foods I've ever seen. Definitely worth a look if you're in the North End!