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Boston Common and Public Garden – Item 4 of 4

Tremont Street Mall, Boston Common, 1880. Courtesy Print Department.

This photograph of the Tremont Street Mall in Boston Common, whose straight throughways enabled quick passage across the city, is in stark contrast to the undulating pathways of the Public Garden which encouraged visitors to linger and absorb the scenery. The Common had a utilitarian and pastoral feel, whereas the Public Garden was a place that stimulated the senses, incorporating art and a feeling of refinement into the space.