Discover the Financial District’s Art Deco History with Boston by Foot

Posted June 25, 2014 by Kayla Baker in Theater & Arts
Boston Financial District

The Art Deco visual arts design style developed in the 1920’s and 1930’s as a reflection of the country’s new technological and industrial age. It’s not uncommon to see many examples of Art Deco paintings and sculptures in museums; however, the Art Deco architectural style of streamlined geometric shapes and other hard-edged designs doesn’t always stand out against the more ornate architecture of many Downtown buildings. But Boston by Foot, a company that offers a variety of Boston walking tours, invites people to “discover the downtown you often see but rarely notice” by learning about the influence of Art Deco in Downtown Boston with a special June Art Deco tour.

Boston by Foot aims to educate residents and tourists alike about Boston’s rich history via themed walking tours of the city. Upon joining a Boston by Foot tour at a predetermined meeting location, a volunteer guide leads the group to historical points of interest that are pertinent to the tour’s theme, stopping along the way to discuss the history and importance of each location. Boston by Foot has numerous tours running from May through October that cater to all interests; their tours cover specific neighborhood history to Revolutionary War significance to the effects of art and literature on the city. Each month, the company highlights a special themed tour as the “Tour of the Month”, and for June 2014 they’ve selected Art Deco in Boston’s Financial District.

Boston’s Financial District is an area of the city less often explored by local residents. Many of Boston’s residents work in the Financial District and may spend a majority of their weeks in the neighborhood, but it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to appreciate the surrounding architectural history when business meetings and urgent reports are top of mind. Boston by Foot encourages people to explore this oft overlooked area of Downtown Boston and discover the architectural Art Deco gems that remain in this area of the city.

This 90 minute tour covers the works of well-known architectural firms, such as Cram and Ferguson and Parker, Thomas, and Rice, as well as the landscaping of the Norman Leventhal Park in Post Office Square. Participants in the Art Deco tour may recognize the buildings from their own excursions in Downtown Boston, but this tour is the perfect summer activity for those with an interest in Boston’s history who want to see the city in a whole new way.

Tickets for the Art Deco tour can be purchased online at Boston by Foot’s website or directly from the guide at the start of the tour. If purchasing tickets from the guide, cash is required. The Art Deco tour assembles at the Angell Memorial Park in Post Office Square at the date and time specified on the ticket and the Boston by Foot website. The website lists all upcoming dates and times for the tour.


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