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A Topographical History, Third Edition, Enlarged

Walter Muir Whitehill, Lawrence W. Kennedy

ISBN 9780674002678

Publication date: 05/05/2000

This urbane and delightful book covering more than 300 years of the course of Boston's history has now been enlarged with an account of the city's new urban design, architecture, and historic preservation and is richly illustrated with 32 additional photographs and drawings. In the last three decades momentous changes have visited this colonial city made modern. Lawrence Kennedy portrays the Boston that preserved much of the intimacy of the remembered place while creating a dramatic new skyline. Boston has been remarkably transformed while keeping human the features of a beloved city.


  • There have been many books written about Boston, but none with more information so charmingly and accurately written...[There are] riches packed between the hard covers of this book, excellently conceived and excellently created.

    —Boston Globe


  • The late Walter Muir Whitehill was Director of the Boston Athenæum.
  • Lawrence W. Kennedy is Professor of History at the University of Scranton and author of Planning the City upon a Hill: Boston since 1630.

Book Details

  • 432 pages
  • 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press

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