Plan presented to the honble. the State Commissioners for the improvement of the Back Bay
- Plan presented to the honble. the State Commissioners for the improvement of the Back Bay
The Back Bay was once a marsh flat, but by the late 1840s, the severely polluted quagmire was considered a public health hazard, and officials had no choice but to act. The Commissioners on Boston Harbor and the Back Bay were tasked with devising a plan to fill in the flat. They met in 1852 and heard the proposals of a number of stakeholders, including David Sears; a version of his plan, shown here, features a 37 ½-acre Silver Lake, complete with a tree-lined promenade. The Commissioners ultimately rejected his proposal, and commenced the land reclamation project in 1858.
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City planning--Massachusetts--Boston--Back Bay--Maps
Back Bay (Boston, Mass.)--Maps
Sears, David, 1787-1871
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)BostonBack Bay
Exhibited: "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2018.
Oriented with north toward the upper right.
"See Mr. Sear's letter to the commissioners dated December 30th, 1850."
Issued with: Massachusetts Senate documents, 1852 (no. 45).
- 1 map ; 36 x 48 cm.
- Call #:
G3764.B6:2B2 1852 .P5
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