from Symphony to Brigham Circle

Walk in Boston # 16, from Symphony to Brigham Circle, is a 3 miles self-guided tour in East Fenway then Longwood.

You’ll explore the universities, galleries and museums of this part of the city.

It will take you about 2 hours, much more if you decide to do some of the visits suggested on your way.

You’ll often be off the beaten path.

It is now only available on Payhip in pdf format with a clickable map and updated descriptions.

In this pdf you will also find:

  • the list of Highlights.
  • the Metro stops to get there and back and infos for Cars.
  • tips about restrooms, places to sit and eat.
  • details about a particular place you will find on your route.

You can download it (or just the map of the walk) to your phone to help you in your discoveries.

This will allow you to live a unique experience of the city far from what you might find elsewhere.

If you purchased the Boston NYC book, this download will be free for you, just send me a note for an access code for this walk if you don’t have it already.

The description below, incomplete and with cropped photos, gives you an idea of this walk before you decide to buy it.

A: Once out of …T. station, walk along … to find .. on your left.

It’s a tree-lined street with four-decks red brick apartments. Many of them host Northeastern University students or University annexes.

B: At …, turn left, go through … to get to … Quadrangle.

In front of you, ..; climb its stairs and once inside, turn right; gallery.. is a bit further with works by students, teachers or international artists.

Keep going inside the building to get to…, the heart of student life at Northeastern: it hosts a library, a cafeteria, many work stations and a open space with bold architecture. Under you, underground passageways to avoid snow and cold in winter.

C: Find an exit on the right (there are many of them depending of where you went): from there, don’t trust the map. Instead, follow … on the left, then turn left.

You’ll see some sculptures and, above a mural (see photo above), a pedestrian pathway to ….

It will lead you to a parking (hence the impossibility to mark the way on the map) whose exit will be on … Follow the colorful pathway inside the parking toward this exit.

At …, turn right. The… Center will be a bit further on your right.

It’s a marvel of architecture favoring flux and movement. Enter its 1st floor to admire its staircase and, here too, its open spaces.

D: Then, keep going on … until you see the … on your right. Take the stairs to enter its hall.

Here, a series of panels tells you the story of the neighborhood.

At the other end, you’ll be at …, a large plaza with colorful benches and chairs. Students train to walk on a wire, play balls or socialize on the lawn.

E: Once again, don’t trust the map but cross this plaza on your right; then turn right along older buildings.

Northeastern University bought an industrial complex in the 1960s to expand and accommodate its 25,000 students: you see here what’s left of this complex, remodeled as dorms or research centers.

Pass some other sculptures et murals, then go to the left toward …n, another university housing complex.

Finally, exit on….

F: You are now in front of an imposing … – which can sometimes be visited, and a bit further on the right, the …, another university with approximately 4500 students.

Take… on the side of the church then turn right past an architecturally bold glass and metal building, the ….

On the ground floor, an open space exhibits the work of students or teachers.

A little further on your left, you’ll find the library and on the 2nd floor (take the elevator), another gallery that often shows technical creations in 3D.

On your right, the old part of the University, the buildings donated by his founder, Wentworth. To visit it, find its entrance on ….

Otherwise, keep going toward ….

The … will be nearly in front of you, on the right.

If you decide to visit it, it’s the 4th largest museum of the USA with 450 000 artworks to be discovered. It could well be the end of your walk!

If you continue straight ahead, you will reach another large Boston museum, the…. It houses the private collection of this patroness of the arts. It is also famous for its interior garden and architecture inspired by a Venetian palace. Its visit will require at least two hours and could also be this end of this tour.

Otherwise, take … on your left; go to the … on your right.

Once you reach a small park on your right, you’ll find the … with two contemporary art galleries, free and always interesting.

… is a kind of labyrinth connecting 6 buildings of different eras and styles and has also 6 other galleries that you can access through the main entrance -on your left when you exit the …. They are not always open to the public so go and ask at the reception desk if anything is on display when you come.

H: Once out, keep a little further on …; then, take … on your right.

This time, you are in front of two medical universities, … on one side and the … on the other. Students in white coats are working behind windows facing the street.

Enter the… hall: behind its modern façade, another one much older and on the walls, unusual medical paintings.

I: Once at …, turn left on … at its end, you can see the imposing …

Now, if you want to walk more, turn right instead: you’ll be a little after point B of Walk In Boston # 17, from Longwood to West Fenway.

Otherwise, if you like anatomy and skeletons, the … is on the right of…, on the 5th floor at ….

Its treasure is the Phineas Cage skull and its incredible story.

J: Then, behind …, you’ll find an old part of … with two nice spiral staircases in front of its façade.

Enter the building, cross it and emerge not far from …. Or walk on the left of it.

Your final destination, the …will then be in front of you.

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