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Commonwealth Ave Mall Monument Tour

A beautiful walk from Hereford Street to the Public Garden
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  This guide will take you on a stroll through the history of the United States. You will pass nine different monuments commemorating... more »

Tips:  It is best to ride your bike to this location as parking is sparse. By train get off at the Kenmore station and walk east down the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Leif Eriksson

Start your Commonwealth Mall walk here at the south end just west of Massachusetts Avenue running above you. You'll need to jump on the sidewalk after viewing this monument until you get to Hereford Street, where you can again walk down the center of the mall.

This bronze sculpture of Leif Eriksson was created by Anne Whitney in 1887. Eriksson... More

2. Domingo Faustino Sarmiento

This bronze and cement sculpture was made by Ivette Compagnion in 1973. Sarmiento was the president of Argentina from 1868 to 1874. He is said to have ended the age of the gaucho and begun the age where merchants and cattleman held the power in the country.

Sarmiento was a leader in the establishment of basic freedoms, civil safety and progress... More

3. Boston Women's Memorial

This bronze and granite scultpure was created by Meredith Gang Bergmann in 2003 through contributions from the Browne Fund and development by Boston's Women's Commission with the support of Angela Menino (wife of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino).

This monument features Abigail Adams (1744–1818), Lucy Stone (1818–1893) and Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784),... More

4. Samuel Eliot Morison

This bronze and granite sculpture by Penelope Jencks was created in 1983 through contributions from the Henderson Foundation. A rear admiral in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Morison was a Harvard professor and well-known naval historian but you can't tell that from this sculpture. Instead, he looks like a typical Red Sox fan sitting on a rocky shore.

A... More

5. William Lloyd Garrison

This old bronze and granite sculpture by Olin Levi Warner was created in 1886. Garrison (1805–1879) was a famous abolitionist, journalist and social reformer in the early 19th century. Born in Newburyport, he was the editor of the abolitionist paper the Liberator and helped found the American Anti-Slavery Society while also being an outspoken... More

6. Vendome Fire Memorial

This bronze sculpture by Ted Clausen and Peter White was created in 1998 through funds from the Vendome Firefighters Memorial Committee.

The Vendome Fire was, by far, the worst firefighting tragedy in the history of Boston. Nine firefighters were killed when five floors of the building collapsed down onto them after extinguishing a fire on June... More

7. Patrick Andrew Collins

This bronze and granite sculpture was created by Henry Kitson and Theodore Alice Kitson in 1908. Collins (1844–1905) immigrated with his family from Ireland to Chelsea, Mass., in 1848. After working in the trades and being secretary of his union, he entered politics studying at Harvard University.

From 1883 to 1889 he served in the U.S. Congress ... More

8. Gen. John Glover

This bronze and granite sculpture was created by Martin Milmore in 1875. Gen. John Glover (1732–1797) was born in Salem, Mass., and served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He is famous for leading a brave amphibious assault to save Gen. George Washington and his troops at the Battle of Long Island.

9. Alexander Hamilton

This granite sculpture was created by William Rimmer in 1865. Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804) was the U.S. secretary of the treasury, a Founding Father, economist and political philosopher. Hamilton helped Thomas Jefferson become third president by opposing his personal enemy Aaron Burr. By doing so and opposing his own party member John Adams in... More