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
Suffolk (county)BostonBack Bay
- 1 map ; 36 x 48 cm.
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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).
- Notes (date):
This date is inferred.
- Notes (exhibitions):
Exhibited: "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2018.
- Call #:
G3764.B6:2B2 1852 .P5