"Commonwealth Avenue" Commonwealth Avenue Tip by zChris

Commonwealth Avenue, Boston: 7 reviews and 12 photos

  Comm Ave
by zChris

Boring through the centre of the Back Bay with its twin drives and central space, Commonwealth Avenue is the most prestigious address in Boston, and its central greenspace, the Mall, has quickly gained fame as the ceremonial axis of New England. All along the aristocratic boulevard are the sumptuous mansions and townhouses of the exceedingly wealthy, many of which are so valuable thy have been subdivided many times over. The grandest homes are on the north side of the avenue, where they receieve the most sunlight; those on th south were usually built by out of towners unfamiliar with the avenue's orientation. In the 19th century heyday of Boston society, such people were mocked for their poor judgement. The Mall in the interior of the avenue is the best place from which to experience the homes and monuments- walk down th central path btween the Public Garden and Massachusetts Avenue and you'll see a wealth of statuary, memorials, and granoise homes set amongst sumptuous foliage.

Directions: Begins at Public Garden entrance on Arlington Street, runs through to suburbs.
T stops: Arlington (Green Line), Copley (Green Line), Hynes/ICA (Green Line B, C, D), Kenmore Square (Green Line B, C, D), all Green Line B Trolley stops.

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2003
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