Map of the Metropolitan District of Boston, Massachusetts

Publisher: Geo. H. Walker & Co.
Date: 1893
Location: Boston (Mass.), Boston and vicinity

Dimensions: 59.0 x 65.0 cm.
Scale: 1:62,500
Call Number: G3764.B6E63 1893 .W3


This 1893 map was included in Charles Eliot’s report to the newly formed Metropolitan Park Commission (the forerunner of the DCR). The Commission was dedicated to preserving green spaces within a ten-mile radius of Boston. Due to a surging immigrant population and chaotic development in the late 19th Century, open space was disappearing at an alarming rate. As the Commission’s first landscape architect, Eliot declared “ …crowded populations, if they would live in health and happiness, must have space for air, for light, for exercise, for rest, and for the enjoyment of that peaceful beauty of nature …” This topographic map illustrates the open spaces he hoped to protect.

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