Urban Preservation and Renewal: Designating the Historic Beacon Hill District in 1950s Boston
This article takes up the creation of Boston’s Beacon Hill historic district during the 1950s as a significant chapter of preservation planning history. Inspired by similar efforts in the South, this campaign succeeded in a decade commonly associated with conformity and consensus, suburbia and urban renewal, obsolescence and progress. Activists on Beacon Hill persuaded their neighbors and city and state officials that the heretofore little-used technique of historic district designation should be employed in a big, northern industrial city. In so doing, they led the way for the more widespread historic preservation movement that followed during the 1960s and 1970s.
Born, G.W. (2016). Urban Preservation and Renewal: Designating the Historic Beacon Hill District in 1950s Boston. Journal of Planning History, published online September 20, 2016. doi: 10.1177/1538513216669378
Virtual Commons Citation
Born, George Walter (2016). Urban Preservation and Renewal: Designating the Historic Beacon Hill District in 1950s Boston. In Art and Art History Faculty Publications. Paper 17.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/art_fac/17