Where is the best architecture in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer

If old, ornate architecture is what you seek, head over to Beacon Hill and begin your exploration of some of the best - and oldest - architecture in Boston. The buildings in Beacon Hill date back centuries, and many still have obvious reminders of times long ago.

For example, on some of the Beacon Hill brownstones, you'll notice steel rods on the steps. These square-shaped rods were used to kick the mud off boots after a horsemen arrived home. Next to them you'll also see hooks for horses, where they could feed and drink water while waiting for their next ride, back in the day.

Look up at the windows along Beacon Street, overlooking the park. Did you notice the purple glass on the windows? This purple tint was caused years ago by the sun's angle on the glass. 

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