Boston Rebuilt: The Phoenix Rises


Reconstruction of the "Burnt District" in downtown Boston began very soon after the fire. On the left is construction of new buildings directly next to the Rialto Building and the Post Office on Milk Street in 1885.



Boston's architectural statements became even more ambitious in the wake of the fire. To the left is the Equitable Life Insurance office building on Milk Street ca. 1885.

To the right is an 1897 photo of retired Boston Fire Chief John Damrell who managed the effort to control the fire of 1872.


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