The History and Development of Mission Hill

Mission Hill Neighborhood Boston MA

The History and Development of Mission Hill

Mission Hill was acquired by the city of Boston in 1868, when it was formerly called Parker Hill and it has been a development keystone in Boston’s long history of expansion. The area was once filled with orchards, farms and breweries and has since made a transition to a residential neighborhood that connect other central towns in Boston including Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Fenway.

The Mission Hill Triangle is an architectural landmark with home dating back to early landowners who built iconic estates and other iconic early-century additions like tripled deckers and traditional brick row houses. The neighborhood is named after its steep streets that are constructed upon hills that boast magnificent views of Boston’s skyline from the new Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park. Mission Hill is located just one mile from downtown Boston with convenient access to both the Green line on Huntington Ave and the Orange line on Tremont. Major medical institutions like Brigham and Women’s hospital and Harvard Medical School along with educational institutions like Wentworth College, MassArt, Northeastern University and the Museum of Fine Arts also share the area with professional and student who live, work and study in the neighborhood.

Mission Hill has undergone widespread redevelopment with the city and private real estate investment which has brought a renewed energy while still retaining the neighborhoods original character. The intersection of Huntington Avenue and Tremont Street marks the area of Brigham Circle which is the cornerstone of the commercial area and medical district of Mission Hill. Brigham Circle is home to a number of restaurants, bars, shops and major grocer in a major retail development and serves as the primary retail destination for the Longwood Medical and Mission Hill neighborhood. To learn more about businesses in the neighborhood, check out Mission Hill Main Streets, an organization that supports local business owners.


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