The Esplanade, View from Cambridge to Boston

Iconic stock photo of the Boston Skyline, across the Charles River Basin, into the heart of Boston.

The current Esplanade is a long park along the Charles River on the Boston side.  It was initially a very narrow strip of park land, formed during the filling of Boston’s Back Bay in the last half of the 19th century. The damming of the river in 1910 changed the area from a tidal mud flat into a wide basin with a consistent water level. Architect Arthur Shurcliff built the park in 1930 into the more familiar structure we recognize today.

This view includes the Hatch Shell, The Community Boating area, The John Hancock Building, The Berkley Building (aka the old John Hancock building) and the Prudential Center.

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