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Casey Arborway Tour: Rediscovering The Original Topography of Forest Hills

  • Forest Hills Gates Arnold Arboretum Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (map)

Join Richard Heath for a walking tour of the imagination.

Not one square inch remains of the Forest Hills of forty years ago; the Southwest Corridor and the Casey Arborway obliterated all architectural landmarks from that era.  And yet the vista and connection that Frederick Law Olmsted once designed and supervised for the parkway between the Arboretum and Franklin Park (most of which was destroyed in 1952 for the Casey Overpass) have been remade. Our walk will follow Olmsted's plan (and end at the lower busway of Forest Hills Station).

The tour will also cover the original transportation patterns which characterized Forest Hills well before Olmsted made his plan, those of the Norfolk & Bristol Turnpike and the Boston & Providence Railroad. Tour participants will also learn about the architecture along the parkway and at the station.  

This tour is free and open to the public.  Simply meet your guide at the starting location (but please note we will cancel the tour in the case of heavy rain). Directions to the Arnold Arboretum are here:


Earlier Event: September 29
Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond
Later Event: December 9
Annual Members' Event