Jake Crisafulli: First built in 1743, Faneuil Hall serves as a meeting hall and marketplace. Wealthy Boston merchant Peter Faneuil saw the need for a public meeting house and offered to use his money to pay for its construction. The marketplace was designed as a typical English style market and largely funded by slave money. After a fire in 1761 damaged the area, it was rebuilt and has been expanded to include more markets and shops ever since. 

Jake Crisafulli: Presently a major shopping center having many stores and restaurants, Quincy Market finished construction in 1826. This was done in order to accommodate the influx of vendors and patrons in the surrounding area. Rapid growth called for an expansion of the original Faneuil Hall. Today, there are 49 shops, 18 restaurants and pubs, 35 Colonnade eateries and 44 pushcarts in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Over the years, renovations have been made to improve and expand the market.   

Lindsay Woodward: As a prominent stop on Boston's Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall was renovated from a meeting hall where speeches were given by famous influencers Samuel Adams and James Otis, into a marketplace since the late 1700s. Captured below is Quincy Market, 1826's extension of Faneuil Hall. Quincy Market was built as indoor pavilion to house more vendor shops. The interior remains the same, but the shops' exterior has changed as vendors have come and gone.

Lindsay Woodward: This historic waterfront park has undergone many changes over the years; The Christopher Columbus Park housed another arches trellis, but was torn down and relocated to be in line with the current vine-covered arched lattice overhead. The site was redesigned to create a direct path between the Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the waterfront. 


Nate Violette: Looking north on Commercial Street has seen major changes from 1908 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. 

Steven D'Onfro: First floor of the New England Aquarium, looking up the ramp to the left of the main entrance. Original picture was taken in 1968 and the modern one 50 years later on February 19, 2018.

This depicts the change of the New England Aquarium's front entrance design. The original entrance picture was taken on April of 1974 and transitioned to another design in the span of 44 years. The metal protrusions were meant to simulate the gills of fish; giving it an original look compared to any other building in Boston at the time.

Ben Cassola: Shown below is the waterfront by Commercial Wharf. The historic and recreated photo both show the harbor walk in the same condition which is lain with brick and fenced in by the black metal columns linked in chains. The building on Commercial Wharf remains the same, as well as the dock which surrounds it. Since the waterfront is in quite similar condition, the only difference is the colors of the restaurant shown on the left of the photo.

Cameron Nolan: These images shows how the Central Artery used to stand in the middle of downtown Boston separating the city from the waterfront. Viewing towards Long Wharf from Fanuiel Hall. During this period the Marriott on Long Wharf is being constructed.

Cameron Nolan: In the 1985 structure you can clearly see the brutalist architecture of the main aquarium building which opened in 1969. The plaza on central wharf has a reflecting pool, numerous flag poles and a concrete structure near the harbor side. In, 2018 you can see extensive changes have been made to the aquarium, with a new west wing, added onto the front of the building in 1998, which houses the ticket center, main entrance, as well as a marine life exhibit. The IMAX 3D theatre was opened in 2001 in a separate bulding that is part of the aquarium


Andy DiCarlo: This waterfront view of Central Wharf can be seen with changes not only to some of the surrounding area but mostly in the type of boats. The old image shows ships appropriate to such a time when it was taken around 1870-1900 while the recreated image shows more modern boats and, although not pictured, has a more commercial feel to the area now.

Jeffrey Martin: The Long Wharf hotel has been an iconic building for people in Boston. One of the major differences other then the completion of the Hotel are looks of the old Aquarium T Stop along with the circular street lights. Along with the the look of the hotel and area being slightly different, this is before the start of the Big Dig giving the Green way. Jeffrey Martin: The changes in the water front are very vast, but the playground and green area along the water front has stayed. The playground itself in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park has been replaced with a new one but the overall look of in the modern photo has not changed. Cameron Nolan: The juxtaposition of these photos show Atlantic wharf has changed over the decades. With the bridge on Congress street on the southern side of the wharf, it no longer protrudes out in to the harbor like it used to. With the development of the south boston area this wharf has seen many new buildings developed on it.

Cameron Nolan: In the 1960's through the 1980's Atlantic wharf stays true to the waterfront's industrial roots, with large brick warehouses on its shore. Today's Atlantic ave boasts shiny glass buildings emerging from the roofs of old brick warehouses. The wharf no longer protrudes into the water as it once used to.

Sara Al Sowaimel: The photo shows Atlantic avenue from the corner of Christopher Columbus waterfront park and Mercantile st. In the photo, we see the Mercantile Warf building that was built in 1857. The building was designed as storage for Quincy market. The change in the photos was in the traffic pattern. In The historical photo, the street was making a turn and in the other direction of the recreated photo.

Patrick Tierney: This image has a wide range of dates it could be from. The style of cars seems to be from the 1970s. As the name suggests, the building used to hold the customs offices. In 1986 the customs offices moved to the new Thomas P. O'Neill building and was convereted to a Marriott Hotel. The base was renovated and on the right side of the building the entrance to the lobby of the hotel can be seen. The majority of the exterior of the building still retains the old look as it has stood since the 1910s.

Beau Guimond: This photo shows the Custom House Tower from the view of the intersection of India Street and Atlantic Avenue. This photo roughly dates back to around the 1960s to 1980s. Much of the surrounding area next to the Custom House Tower has remained the same with only a few buildings, the light posts, and the park having been modernized.

Xenon Simene: Shown below is a picture of the historical Faneuil Hall and Samuel Adams statue. Faneuil Hall was originally built in 1742 by Peter Faneuil to be a marketplace for merchants and tradesmen. The changes in the two photos are very drastic. Faneuil Hall is currently under construction with a giant American Flag covering the front. Also there tends to be more people in the recreated picture as Faneuil Hall is now a very well known historic site and tourist spot. Meanwhile, the historic photo seems more peaceful and truly shows the building in it's better years.


Blackstone Street is one of the neighborhoods with historical significance, similar to many of the areas within the north end. Blackstone street was home to a public market that occurred throughout the 1960s, which the historical picture was taken. 100 Blackstone St. appears to be the address of a small market. Blackstone Street and the surrounding roads include some of the oldest buildings within Boston, such as the Union Oyster House, whose sign can be seen in the background of the photographs. While 100 Blackstone street is now home to Haymarket Pizza, a farmers market still occurs every Saturday in front of the establishment, and is walk-able from the Haymarket T-Station. -Ryan Brockway

Xenon Simene: Shown below is a picture of the Columbus Waterfront Park overlooking the Commercial Wharf residential building and a segment of the Boston Harbor. What is very interesting is that the photos look extremely similar. Not much change has been made to the buildings in the background on Commercial Wharf and the docks on the water. However, the recreated picture looks more lively with greenery, more people, and more boats.

Alexander Horn: Now the first thing that's noticable about this picture is that it is not from the same angle. That is because one of the many changes of the waterfront is the new Hotel Marriot, a building that takes up a large foot print at is where the original camera was. The mastedships of the first pic are very noticable, but also point to something; their is no longer water their, as the harbor and dock have been extended several yards. Finally, the skyline is no longer dominated by just one building, but several sky scrapes challenge and surpass it in height