Boston - Back Bay Community Information

Notable Colleges & Universities

Prior to the 1900s, the Back Bay served as the home to some of the city?s leading colleges and universities. One of these was Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which was founded in 1861. MIT?s original building, the Rogers Building, was considered to be one of the first monumental structures within the neighborhood; it was torn down in 1921 for the New England Life Building (now known as the Newbry Building). MIT has since moved to its current location in Cambridge, MA.

Today, students and Boston?s future scholars have many local colleges and universities to choose from within the Boston metropolitan region and in the surrounding neighborhoods, including of course, MIT, Bay State College, Williams College, Boston Architectural College, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, New England School of Law, Northeastern University, and University of Massachusetts-Boston, among a long list of others.

Local Economy & Job Market

The Back Bay is just a short six minute drive from the center of the bustling Boston metro area where technology, biotechnology, tourism, education, and financial services reign as the major key players to the area?s overall economy. The City of Boston serves as the headquarters to Bank of America, Sovereign Bank, and Fidelity Investments in terms of financial services. The city is also a central hub for publishing and printing as it is the home to Houghton Mifflin, Bedford-St. Martin?s Press, Little, Brown and Company, and Beacon Press. Other industries and companies that offer residents of the Back Bay with ample employment opportunities include The Boston Consulting Group, New Balance, Liberty Mutual, Gillette, the Port of Boston, the Hynes Convention Center, and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, among a long list of other companies and corporations.

Tour of Back Bay?s Buildings

The Back Bay neighborhood of Boston is known locally as one of the more upscale neighborhoods of the city, and its real estate market reflects that. However, Back Bay has some of the most architecturally inspiring buildings in the city, with Victorian brownstone buildings dominating the landscape. Taking a walking tour through this neighborhood will surely make one feel as if they were walking back through time. Head toward the southernmost part of Back Bay and you?ll come across some of the city?s tallest skyscrapers.

Some of the neighborhood?s greatest examples of the 19th century urban architecture include Copley Square, Trinity Church, the John Hancock Tower, and the Boston Public Library. However, if you?re looking to take an architectural tour of all the historic buildings around the Back Bay neighborhood, you may want to continue on with the Berkeley Building, which offers an excellent example of the Beaux-Arts style; the Gibson House Museum, an exceptionally preserved row house that dates back to 1860; the Arlington Street Church; Saint Clement?s Eucharistic Shrine; The Colonnade Hotel; and the Stephen L. Brown Building. If you wish to take an actual guided walking tour through Boston, the non-profit organization Boston By Foot conducts daily tours from May through October.

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