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Ah, winter: Short days, frigid temperatures and the ghastly sight of looming snow piles. It can be enough to really dampen the mood.
If you live in Boston’s Back Bay, there’s an effective solution to seasonal blues. Just wander the streets, soaking in the sensational historic and cultural attractions all around you. Consider the list of notable cultural institutions in and around Back Bay as a prescription for those wintertime blues.
The Gibson House, now a museum on Beacon Street, was one of the Back Bay’s first residential buildings when it was completed in 1860. As the name suggests, the Gibsons moved in that year, and their children and grandchildren likewise made this rowhouse their home.
When you step inside the Gibson House, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped straight into the past. Everything ― from the wallpaper and carpets, to the furniture ― is well-preserved, and the craftsmanship is stunning from top to bottom.
Trinity Church has been welcoming worshipers since the late 1800s, and its faithful community has been in existence since 1733.
Undeniably an architectural masterpiece, Trinity Church boasts eye-popping stained-glass windows, sweeping arches, and rising steeples. Inside, the church is bursting with color and light. Outside, its Central Tower beckons pedestrians near and far.
Charles Follen McKim, the architect who designed the Boston Public Library at Copley Square, once referred to this creation as a palace. It’s the precise word.
This ornate building opened in 1895 and underwent a major expansion in 1972. It houses millions of books, DVDs and other materials, some of them extremely rare. Adding to the royal ambiance are galleries that showcase busts, portraits and spectacular murals.
Over the decades, Boston has been home to various modern art museums. The latest and grandest is the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), which debuted in 2006. This striking waterfront edifice, with an area of 65,000 square feet, is itself a work of modern art. Its metal and glass exterior gleams in the sun, and its glass elevator must be taken at least once.
Finally, if you live in one of 30 Dalton’s Back Bay apartments, your residence’s luxurious amenities can also be effective cures for winter gloom. After you’ve had your fill of the nearby venues and attractions, 30 Dalton will keep you happy and toasty throughout the coldest of nights.
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