Bird's-eye view of Boston, showing the burned district
- Bird's-eye view of Boston, showing the burned district
Most bird's eye views were not designed to depict a specific date. However, this view is tied to an actual event, similar to Fuchs' view dated July 4, 1870. Three weeks after Boston's great fire of November 9 and 10, 1872, Harpers Weekly published this view illustrating the extent of the burned district. In their haste to provide graphic images of the disastrous event in their weekly news magazine, the editors borrowed sketches of the city compiled by Charles R. Parsons before the fire. These materials were generated during the preparation of a magnificent bird's eye view which was to be published by Currier and Ives, as was acknowledged in the bottom marginal notes and an accompanying article. In this journalistic presentation, the city is viewed from the east with the burned district highlighted by shading. The designated area includes that portion of today's Financial District bordered roughly by Summer, Washington, Milk, and Broad Streets. The most destructive of several great fires that occurred in Boston, the disaster engulfed more than 60 acres of some of the most valuable real estate in the city, destroying 930 businesses valued at approximately $100,000,000 (about $3.5 to $4 billion in current dollars).
- Parsons, Charles R. (Charles Richard), 1844-1918
- Name on Item:
by permission of Currier & Ives, from sketches by C.R. Parsons.
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Great Fire, Boston, Mass., 1872--Aerial views
Boston (Mass.)--Aerial views
- 1 view : col. ; 35 x 52 cm.
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
New York :
Not drawn to scale.
Appears in Harper's Weekly. November 30, 1872. Pages 936-937.
Gift of Bank of America.
- Notes (date):
This date is inferred.
- Notes (exhibitions):
Exhibited: "Boston & Beyond: A Bird’s Eye View of New England" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2008.
Exhibited: "Boston in the Gilded Age: Mapping Public Places" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2012-2013.
Exhibited: "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2018.
- Call #:
G3764.B6A3 1872 .P3