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Aerial view of Fort Hill Square, Boston, Mass., ca. 1868

PC001.01.TMP.033 (RS87517)


Aerial view of Fort Hill Square in Boston, Massachusetts with commercial and domestic facades. Fort Hill was one of the three peaks of the city, extending from Pearl Street, Batterymarch Street, Broad Street, and the harbor, and was eighty feet high. The hill was originally called Corn Hill because of the cultivation of that crop. The first fort in Boston was built there, beginning on May 24, 1632. The fort protected the city from sea attacks through the late eighteenth century. In the 1800s, the area was developed into a residential square with brick row houses. In the mid-1860s, the section became very congested and was redeveloped as a commercial district. In 1869, the city was authorized to level the hill, and the work was completed by July of 1872. The park between Oliver Street and High Street was named Fort Hill Square on December 15, 1875.

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Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
ca. 1868
Physical Description
1 photographic print : albumen, mounted ; 10 x 13 inches
Verso of mount: Old Fort Hill 1868 From A.H. Rickards 35 Congress St. Care Janitor [in a different hand:] [underlined: Old Fort Hill] [in a different hand:] Boston, Massachusetts; Dupe, verso: [twice, in different hands:] FORT HILL [in a different hand:] Boston, Massachusetts
10x 13(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
OVP Photo Database Number: 83
OVP Number: OVP0033
Reference Code

Record details

Descriptive Terms
aerial views
exterior views
row houses
squares (open spaces)
urban environments
Material Type
albumen prints
Architectural photography
Fort Hill (Boston, Mass. : Neighborhood)
Fort Hill Square (Boston, Mass.)
Fort Hill (Barnstable county, Massachusetts) [peak]
Related Items
— Same as: OVP0033-A
Aerial view of Fort Hill Square, Boston, Mass., circa 1868
Physical Access Restrictions
Gouge marks on recto; top center of mount crushed in; paper clip impression on top edge of recto of mount; light staining across recto and verso of mount. Dupe faded and stained with warped mount.

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