Architecture is all around us, and it subtly shapes our daily lives. From soaring glass-sheathed skyscrapers to simple clapboard farm houses, architecture covers the full gamut of both engineering and design. Architecture is what really defines a city - poets, celebrities, and tradesmen come and go, but the buildings they lived and worked in remain.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in America, and since its founding in 1630 it has always been a melting pot of old traditions and new ideas. Despite (or maybe because of) being confined to the tiny Shawmut Peninsula, Boston has always been noted for both the quality and diversity of its architecture. The three local architectural schools located at MIT, Harvard, and the Boston Architectural Center guarantee that Boston has more practicing and student architects per capita than any other city in America. Many of the most significant American architects have strong Boston ties, including Charles Bulfinch, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted, and I.M. Pei.
This web site provides architectural descriptions, history, photos, and plans of buildings in the City of Boston. Most of the images and text on this web site are freely available for reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons license. You can browse building information by neighborhood or street address. You can also use the site's Advanced Find feature to search for buildings based on criteria such as style, architect, period, and much more.