Filing in the Back Bay, 1858-1882 – Item 5 of 6

O.H. Bailey and J.C. Hazen, The City of Boston, 1879.
This large and detailed aerial view depicts the city from the southeast as if the artist was positioned above South Boston.  Consequently, he placed the rail lines terminating in the vicinity of present-day South Station and the busy eastern waterfront in the foreground, with the central business district dominating the central portion of the drawing.  By 1879 the burned district had been rebuilt, and Back Bay had been mostly reclaimed, although the new real estate was only partially developed.  The Common and Public Garden are focal points, highlighting the importance of these public places.