The South End House Tour Offers Design Inspiration This Weekend

Can you say "red-brick, bow-fronts" five times fast?

Step inside some of Boston’s most beautiful homes this Saturday when the South End opens its doors for the 47th annual Historical Society House Tour—a self-guided walking tour of restored townhouses in the area, and the biggest event of its kind in Boston.

Use your guidebook and map to tour the neighborhood at your own pace, anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The exact addresses are kept secret until the day of the event, but this year’s tour will lead visitors through private homes and public spaces.

The South End is the largest Victorian row house district in North America and the house tour was organized in 1967 to draw attention to the neighborhood, advocate for preservation, and to inspire others to take on the task of restoring row houses. The neighborhood is built mostly of mid-nineteenth century bow-fronts—uniform rows of five-story, red-brick homes.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 day of tour. To purchase, visit

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