North End

In this slider, it shows how the area has also preserved its history. While you see many changes in the other sliders, this recreation looking up Lafayette St. in the North End shows how historic the neighborhood really is. There are minor changes here such as the cobblestone road and the structure in the background, but other than that not much has changed.

In this slider, you can see the significant changes made to the North End when the big dig project was completed. In the historic picture, you can see the elevated highway cutting through the neighborhood. In the recreation, the highway runs underground, opening up space above and removing the ugly structure.

In this slider you can see the changes to the Paul Revere House in the North End. The third floor was removed to recreate the house that Revere lived in. After he moved out, the house was used for grocery stores and a Italian cigar shop as featured in the historic picture.

In this slider, You are able to see the integrity of the Saint Leonard's church in the North End. Although they have made renovations to the church to make it more modern and appealing, some essentials, such as the Saint Leonard's peace sign remain nearly identical to themselves 50 years back.

In this slider, you are able to see the upgrades made to the Stillman street playground, or now called 'Cutillo Park'. What used to be a large amount of empty space has turned into a park and basketball court surrounded by many of the same existing residential buildings. Although dated, the buildings help to bring an original Boston feel and environment.

In this slider, you are able to see the changes made to the North Bennet Street School and the removal of the clock which at one point hung from above the school sign. It doesn't appear the the school itself, however has had many major exterior renovations, holding its old-fashioned feeling in the heart of the north end

In this slider, it shows the change in the front of the St. Leonard's Roman Catholic Church on Hanover Street in the North End. The original picture was taken in March 1978 and a lot has changed since then, including the new gate as well as a huge mural on the front wall and even a new glass grand entrance. The biggest change that I saw though was the actual moving of one of the statues in the yard about 5 feet from where it used to sit. Also for the walkway the took out the concrete slabs and laid brick instead giving it a more Northend feel. The last church built by Italian immigrants. Dylan DiRe 

This slider is of the Paul Revere house in the early 1900s and what is today. There a lot of difference between the two most noticeably how its baron in front now there's none of the signs still hanging on it it also looks like the structure itself has been changed. The bottom level is no more storefront and windows now it's just siding. The street in front of it hasn't changed very much with the road still being stone and there is a road divider still. All and all though a lot different. Dylan Dire

In this slider of the Paul Revere statue at the Paul Revere mall, this area is under construction at the moment so it was hard to really tell the differences that are to come. From what you can see they made it narrow compared to the wide walkway with benches there before the trees seem to be the same and the statue is untouched. The area most noticeably has been narrowed. Dylan DiRe

Jake Crisafulli: Constructed in 1723, the Old North Church is Boston's oldest surviving church building and famous tourist attraction. Inside the church still hang eight original change ringing bells. Underneath the church holds 37 tombs with an estimated 1,110 bodies most of which are presumed to be soldiers who fought during the revolutionary war. The church recently in 2016 got an 8 million dollar renovation which transformed the interior of the church.

This image shows the differences, and similarities, of the Paul Revere House between 1978 and 2018. The house hasn't always been the museum it is today; for the last half of the 19th century the building was sailor's quarters, immigrant tenement housing, and an Italian bank. This all ended in 1902, when a member of the Revere family purchased the house to ensure it's conservation. Saffron Mello

Looking towards the Old North Church from Hanover street (across from St. Stephen's Catholic Church) is this view of the Paul Revere Mall. The mall features rows of trees and a statue in commemoration of Paul Revere. The mall is currently undergoing improvements, so it is closed for the construction. The slider shows the differences between the complete mall in 1978 and the currently under construction version of 2018. Saffron Mello

Looking north on Commercial Street has seen major changes from 1901 to 2018. The elevated rail line was used for the industrial purposes has been since removed and the buildings all torn down and rebuilt. This neighborhood of Boston has been converted from industrial factories and warehouses into high end residential condos.

In the picture you can notice the change of a building from a wine and mirror store to luxury apartments. The area the picture was taking in is now a busy intersection, and the roads have been modernized to better fit traffic.

Brett Tierney

North End Christmas Parade on Hanover Street

The image below is from the North End of Boston. The North End is an area of Boston that has been heavily influenced by Italian culture. There are several changes in the picture including an update to the Mike’s Pastry sign as well as new stores and foliage down the length of Hanover Street. I found it interesting that Mike’s Pastry has remained in its original location for over 70 years, however, this is easily understandable considering its popularity today. The original photo was taken on December 22, 1974.

Christopher Norve

On the picture below we can look at a playground on the north end. We can observe how in the historic photo the playground is a little larger, and how the recreation photo looks more narrow with buildings right next to it. Also we can see how kids are playing around on their own, and there are plenty of them. This is something that would rarely happen now.

This picture below is of the Paul Revere mall. We can observe that the mall has been well preserved and not much has changed. On the old picture we can see that the trees did not have leaves because it was at the beginning of the spring, and on the new picture it was in the middle of the summer. Other than that the area looks the same. -Jorge Morales

This picture depicts the Old North Church which is Boston's oldest surviving church. One feature that has dramatically changed is the steeple on top of the church which blew off in a snowstorm in 1804. There has also been many infrastructure changes throughout this area.

Mercantile Wharf

Pictured is the Mercantile Warf Building located on the corner of Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue. This building was opened in the year 1857. At the time the historic image (pictured on left) was taken the building was already about 120 years old, and currently still standing at 160 years old. It was originally designed as a storage facility for Quincy Market, located nearby. The upper floors were used as a shipping business where sails and riggers were made to boats given its close location to Boston Harbor. The upper floors of the building are now being used as apartments while the street level host small stores and restaurants. Other visual changes to the area have been made as well such as the removal of the curved road and trees to make space for an extra lane in the road, as well as a stop light. The lamp posts have also been updated to match the rest of the Boston Harbor area.

(recreated image taken by Molly Aldrich)

Custom House from City Hall Plaza

From this view you are able to see the Custom House Tower built in 1847. In the year 1913 the building had an addition of 26 floors including the famous clock tower we recognize as a landmark in Boston today. During the time of the historic photo the tower was used by the federal government as a place to hold inspections and registrations of cargo. In the late 1990s the building was bought by Marriott Resorts and is currently in use as a high end hotel with time shares. As you can see Boston’s City Hall, build in 1968 has not changed at all, its brutalist style still remains prominent on the plaza. As you are able to see slight changes in the area have been made such as landscape modifications, but this area for the most part has remained the same.

(recreated image taken by Molly Aldrich)

Commercial Wharf Waterfront

Pictured you are able to see a man standing in front of the well-known Boston Harbor. The harbor became a dirty place just used for the imports and exports of goods by boat. The Christopher Columbus Park was built and designed in the mid 1970s by Sasaki Associates as a relief project to bring people back into the harbor. This is what you see in the historic image. The park got so much use and became a popular hangout place that The City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department had it renovated and expanded only 25 years later, making it one of the most popular parks on the greenway. The renovations and additions by Halvorson Design made the park accessible for everyone, expanded lawn area, added water fountains for children and repaved of the Harbor Walk. The walk was paved with patterned asphalt and granite and new benches were installed to match the sea wall as well as other benches in the park now making a space that feels more connected to the park. These changes made at the Harbor Walk are easily seen between the two images, and gives a look before and after the renovation of Christopher Columbus Park.

(recreated image taken by Molly Aldrich)

This picture of the Paul Revere house was taken in April of 1978. The Paul Revere house remains 90 percent original. The Revere house has been preserved for all of these years due to the unique architectural design of its house during that time period as well as the remembrance of Paul Revere.


On the left you can see the old Boston Police Department Station 8, and on the right you can see that it is no longer there. It seems to have been replaced by Battery Street Condominium. These are very high end waterfront appartments. The photo on the left was taken on February 20, 1931, and the photo on the right was taken a couple weeks ago. About 20 years prior to the picture on the left being taken, this area saw massive damage from "Molasses Disaster" which killed nineteen people and cause major damage to many buildings in the area.


Left: Boston Police Department Station 8

Right: Battery Street Condominiums

- The elevated train tracks you can see on the left aren't there anymore

- The police station is no longer there

- Really nice area close to the water

- Just makes sense to offer REALLY expensive housing

The original photo taken via Chardon Street shows the Forecaster Building located at 121 Portland Street. The original was taken some time between 1958-1959. The new photo shows that there was an addition to the original six stories of brick building, adding four stories of new construction.

The St. Leonard's Peace Garden is located adjacent to the vchurch facility. Instead of a blank pathway to the church, there are now signs and more lighting leading to the newely renovated entrance. The statue that was once exposed in now inclosed in a glass case for appearence and keeping the structural integrity of the structue to keep it out of weather conditions. The fence appears to be the same as what was once there and that goes for the window pains as well.

The image shows the two different timings of the McLaughlin Elevator Company building. Not much has changed for the building however, the surrounding structures has gone through some changes. Modernization of the area as definitely taken place.

This photo of the Pierce-Hichborn house was taken in October of 1994. Most of the Hichborn house has remained original since it was first built. The biggest change in this picture is the brick road in front of the house.

The image depicts the South Market. Many modernization changes are shown such as the completion of the large-scale structure shown in the 1960s picture. Also, the addition of a clothing store and a restaurant are seen in the recently updated photo.

Andy DiCarlo: This view of Richmond Street, located close to the water in the North End, has seen a heavy amount of change since the original photo. When taken back circa 1960s, there was a street busy full of smaller buildings and cars parked along the street. If we look at this area today, there is no longer a street but instead a park with trees and a playground. There is now a walkway, typically lined with flowers during the spring and summer and blooming trees covering the distant view of the building in the background.

Sara Al Sowaimel: The photo shows the current city hall building being built which is not visible in the new photo, because it is being covered by newly built buildings. At the far left of the photo we can see the Custom House Tower that was built in 1910. There are big changes in the historical image there was a street that is now a park with seating areas, and there was fewer buildings than the recreation image.

Michael Tran: Below are photographs of the Old North Church. The original photograph's date is unknown and the recreated photograph was taken in February 2019. Taking a brief look, the Old North Church has not changed much. One major change is that as of February 2019, the clock near the top of the church has been removed.

Eric Henschel : This slider demonstrates the changes made to a playground in the North End. From an open lot surrounded by scattered trees stuck into concrete to a basketball court with a playground off to the side and modern art decorating the whole space. The historic photo is undated. 

The picture below is a shot of the 1974 North End Christmas Parade at the beginning of Hanover st. as it leads into the north end. On the right is the well know restaurant Mother Anna’s which has stood in that very location for 85 years serving authentic Italian food through three generations. From the picture you can see that the building is still in the same condition along with the adjacent buildings. The North End has remained a very popular place through the years and a place like Mother Anna’s is a good example why.

Daniel Campbell

Meg Ortega: This picture shows an L-shaped alley running from Thatcher Street to Prince Street. The original photo was taken in August 1931. The recreated photo shows that the cobblestone has been paved over, and the alley has been cleaned.

These Pictures are located at 29 Thacher Street in the North End. Thacher Street is located on the outskirts of the North End and connects to Valenti Way. Looking at these pictures, the buildings on the left and right of the Thacher Street have not really changed and there is still a restaurant on the corner of the street. Today the restaurant is called Sal's Lunch, but it is hard to see if that is the same name as the one from the historical photo from July 1967. Down the Street it looks like there used to be a clothing factory along with another factory on the left. Today there is a much larger building on the left side of the street across the intersection that is being rented for office space and the building to the right of that is the side of a restaurant. 

These pictures show the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library, it is located at 25 Parmenter Street.It was first opened at 3A North Bennett Street in 1913, but then was moved to its current location and opened in May 1965. Nothing has changed about the building itself, but they have added a pattern in the bricks in front of the library along with arc benches for pedestrians to sit on. There is also a handicap ramp on the right side of the front of the library. 

Jason Fisch: Below shows the Paul Revere statue in the Paul Revere mall in the North End with the Old North Church in the background. At the time being photographed the mall is undergoing major renovations, costing almost $3 million to add more trees, fix paving, and make the park more accessible.

Here is a contrast of Hanover Street in 1948 and in 2019

Benjamin Monahan:

The image is of St. Leonard's Church in the North End. The original was taken in 1978; the new photo was taken in 2019. Over the years, very little changes have been done to the church on the exterior.

Ethan Farland:

This sliders show the Paul Reeve statue. The photo on the left was taken around 1973, nothing really changed form that time. The Paul Reeve statue was made in 1940. It was a gift from George Robert White a citizen of Boston who lived from 1847 to 1922.

Emerson Moore:

The image on the left portrays the corner of Lafayette Street and Endicott Street facing towards Prince Street, and was taken by the Boston City Planning Board between 1913-1920. Featured prominently in the large oil tanker at the top of Lafayette street, which is no longer present in the image on the right taken in October 2019.

Emerson Moore:

The image on the left shows North Bennett street facing Salem street taken by the Boston City Planning Board in 1920. The picture shows the old Eliot Grammar School, before it was relocated in 1933. The school building is no longer visible in the recreated image, but other architecture is largely unchanged.

Emerson Moore:

The image on the left is a shot taken from the South end of the Charlestown Bridge on North Washington Street during construction by the Boston City Planning Board in 1899. The image on the right is a recreation of the 1899 image, but the construction has been completed, and there are many new buildings and streets visible in the intersection but a few key structures still remain.