Title

Urban Preservation and Renewal: Designating the Historic Beacon Hill District in 1950s Boston

Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Article

Abstract

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.

Original Citation

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

Identifier

doi: 10.1177/1538513216669378