The South End

Home to Boston University Medical Campus, the South End is the largest Victorian landmark district in America, with a rich history dating back to the founding of Boston. Streets lined with handsome brownstone townhouses were constructed between 1840 and 1875. Many surround London-style squares that continue to foster an intimate sense of neighborhood.

Home to the Boston Center for the Arts and Boston’s largest artists community, the South End has long attracted the avant-garde, as well as the traditional. Community spirit abounds in this eclectic and continuously evolving neighborhood.

Cultural Links

  • United South End Artists – Take part in the 19th annual South End Open Studios to be held on September 17th and 18th. Visitors can explore the work of over 250 local artists!
  • Boston Center for the Arts – Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the BCA is a four acre complex, located in the South End. The 23,000 square foot Cyclorama rotunda is the site of exhibitions, performances and community events. It houses the Community Music Center of Boston, the Art Connection, the Boston Ballet Costume Shop, three small theaters and a rehearsal studio.
  • South End Open Market – The curtain goes up every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. from May through October as 540 Harrison Avenue is transformed into a lively Manhattan-style open-air fair. A new mix of vendors each week ensures variety. The fair presents a smorgasbord of antiquaries, textile-handbag-jewelry designers, canvas and other-media artists, farmers and of course a flavorful food assortment.

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