The Evolution of Commonwealth Avenue
1898 Bromley map of Commonwealth Avenue and Charlesgate Park in Boston's Back Bay.
A foot tour that shows how Commonwealth Avenue in Allston, Kenmore Square and the Back Bay has evolved over time, from a bare strip of landfill to today's well-planned boulevard home to Kenmore Square, Boston University and other Boston landmarks. Come on this foot tour and hear and see for yourself how Commonwealth Avenue was shaped and reshaped by the filling in of land, construction of trolleys, urban renewal and more. Also experience the evolution of the resources the Avenue has hosted and the function the Avenue has served in Boston's infrastructure. Through the relatively abundant, though easily missed, remnants of Commonwealth Avenue's past, you will come to appreciate the rich history of one of Boston's busiest boulevards.