Current Exhibition Building Blocks: Boston Stories from Urban Atlases

January 13, 2023 through August 19, 2023


In the period spanning the Civil War to World War II, Boston’s urban fabric experienced profound changes. Building Blocks travels to different areas of metropolitan Boston from the 1870s to the 1930s for an episodic view of history, illuminating the many stories that are preserved in the atlases. Beyond the stories narrated in this exhibition, the rich details of the atlases help modern viewers imagine what one’s own story in a rapidly developing city might have looked like during a moment steeped in change.