House and Garden: Private and Public A Closer Look at Where We Live

This seminar concentrates on the Beacon Hill neighborhood. We will identify the historic district and talk about our rich and sometimes amusing traditions. We will examine homes, public buildings, and institutions. We will look the individuals who built these houses, their construction, and how the buildings have been used through the years. We will learn about some of the interesting people who have inhabited them: important artists, government officials, leading business leaders, jurists, and national leaders. We may also go outside to look at back alleys and backyards, and learn about the garden movement — both private and public — and its connection to Beacon Hill, Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Boston Public Garden, and the Beacon Hill Garden Club. Outside experts will participate in some of the programs. Be prepared to visit sites wearing good walking shoes and perhaps even carrying an umbrella.

  • Group Leader(s): BARBARA W. MOORE
  • Days: Tuesdays
  • Times: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Start Date: 10/15/2019
  • End Date: 11/5/2019
  • Sessions: 4
  • Exceptions: none
  • Venue: Prescott House
  • Teaching Style: Lecture with questions
  • Weekly Preparation: None
  • Biography:

    Barbara W. Moore has a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Architecture and Design. She is a long-time resident of Beacon Hill where she and her late husband, Roger Allan Moore, raised four children. Roger was president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association for many years. In the 1980s Barbara established a local tour company: Boston Unlimited. Together with the late Gail Weesner, Barbara is the writer and publisher and sometimes photographer of several books about Boston’s neighborhoods and gardens. She has had a long association with the Museum of Fine Arts where she was a gallery instructor for 30 years.

  • Address: 55 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108