1. point: 1 of 8

    The Mission Hill Tour begins next to Brigham Circle at the corner of Huntington and Francis. For real time turn by turn directions to the selected Point, use the Google Maps app link (mobile only). 

     

    The Stoneman Centennial Park (named for Thea & James M. Stoneman) provides an iconic gateway to the LMA. The park realizes a dream to restore the graceful and sweeping green space running alongside the original carriage driveway of the former Peter Bent Brigham Hospital  and serves as a green roof over a car and bike garage. The space was designed by Halvorson Design. 

     

    When ready to proceed on the Tour, tap 'Next Point.' To return to the Tour Overview, tap 'Back to Tour.'

    Address:

    2115 Tremont St

    42.33451218970026, -71.10520175446163
    86
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    Brigham Circle, located at the intersection of Tremont Street and Huntington Avenue, marks the transition from residential to medical district and is a main commercial area of Mission Hill.  Named for the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (built in 1911), Brigham Circle is a visual anchor for Mission Hill and the LMA.  MBTA light rail tracks bisect the intersection. The area is a busy hub for residents, students, hospital employees, and visitors.

    Address:

    Tremont and Huntington Ave.

    42.33413496895646, -71.104547295462
    87
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    Mission Hill has been a cornerstone in Boston's long history and takes its name from the Mission Church complex. Originally a section of the independent town of Roxbury, Mission Hill became part of Boston when Roxbury was annexed in 1868. Once filled with farms, breweries, and orchards, Mission Hill has grown into a largely residential neighborhood connecting more central neighborhoods of Boston to Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.  Today it is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston.

    42.33394115295066, -71.10384992111813
    88
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    A designated Boston Historical Landmark, the basilica was erected between 1876 and 1878 followed by tower additions in 1910. The building was designated a basilica by Pope Pius XII in 1954. This massive, Romanesque Revival church is constructed of locally quarried Roxbury Puddingstone and Quincy granite. The Church has become a symbol of the Mission Hill neighborhood and a political and cultural icon,  attended by various members of the Kennedy family. The rich history of the parish extends over 140 years, founded upon the aspirations of early German and Irish immigrants. Today the church hosts a diverse group of congregants and visitors. 

    Address:

    1545 Tremont St

    42.332751476403075, -71.10058835495602
    89
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    The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library is a pending Boston Historical Landmark  notable for its 'church-like' atmosphere and its unique local history collection. The outside of the building has the carved seal of Massachusetts on one side and the seal of the City of Boston on the other. Sunlight shines through the tiny window-panes on the heavy oak tables making the library a pleasant place to spend the afternoon. The Library is currently undergoing a $2.4 million renovation, expected to be completed in 2019.

    Address:

    1497 Tremont St

    42.33225973685703, -71.09902194489132
    90
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    Mission Hill Architectural Conservation District is a designated local historic district showcasing two-story brick row houses, some with brownstone, sandstone, or marble facing. These row houses are typically set back from the sidewalk, allowing for small, landscaped front yards. This small conservation district is in the original town of Roxbury, which occupied a prime location as the last town on the mainland before crossing the neck to Boston on the Shawmut Peninsula which has since been widened with landfill.  Take a detour up Wigglesworth St. and Worthington St. for better views. 

    Address:

    Worthington St and Wigglesworth St

    42.33369231413398, -71.10326654065739
    91
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    Representing a landmark in neighborhood-based planning, design, and development, One Brigham Circle was a collaborative effort among residents, property owners, businesses, Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, Northland Development Corporation and New Boston Fund. This 4-story, mixed-use project, features 80,000 sf of retail space including a supermarket, 120,000 sf of office space, a 14,000 sf Village Square, 255 structured parking spaces, and 135 surface parking spaces.
    Over five acres of the 9.5 acre site were developed into Puddingstone Park - a former quarry of that local stone - to be maintained in perpetuity.

    Address:

    1620 Tremont St

    42.334046239964, -71.10468140591274
    92
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    The Francis Street–Fenwood Road Historic District is a residential streetcar suburb, an extraordinarily well-preserved example of high-quality, middle-class, streetcar-suburb housing in Boston, constructed at the turn of the 20th century with the extension of the streetcar line (now the MBTA E Line). Historically, it represents an important period in the evolution of Boston, when the area was transformed from marshland into a premiere public park and new developable land, coinciding with a period of very rapid population and economic growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Address:

    Francis Street, Fenwood Road, and St. Albans Road

    42.33448046557239, -71.10563090790401
    93

Mission Hill

distance: A mile
points: 8
type: Academic/Cultural

This tour takes you from Brigham and Women's campus to the iconic Mission Church along a mixed-use section of Tremont St (1 mile). 

 

The Mission Hill Tour begins next to Brigham Circle at the corner of Huntington and Francis. For real time turn by turn directions to the selected Point, use the Google Maps app link (mobile only). 

 

Tell us about your walking experience! walkingtours@longwoodarea.org

Fully accessible(more information)

This tour takes you from Brigham and Women's campus to the iconic Mission Church along a mixed-use section of Tremont St (1 mile). 

 

The Mission Hill Tour begins next to Brigham Circle at the corner of Huntington and Francis. For real time turn by turn directions to the selected Point, use the Google Maps app link (mobile only). 

 

Tell us about your walking experience! walkingtours@longwoodarea.org