History of Beacon Street

Written by staff
Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013


Brookline’s historic Beacon Street was constructed in 1850 as a country road west of Kenmore Square offering a simpler commute for businessmen living in Brookline, a quiet suburb just outside of the city of Boston. For the first forty years, it remained a narrow boulevard designed exclusively as a means of travel.

The area gained popularity among Brookline residents, creating a high demand for more apartment buildings and shops. As more Bostonians fled the bustling city for a calmer atmosphere, landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner John C. Olmsted were commissioned to widen Beacon Street in 1886 into a more modern thoroughfare, including a popular mass transit line known today as the Green Line “C” Branch.


Mass transit in Brookline, originally intended for commuters, has become an essential part of Brookline’s commercial and residential success. Locals and tourists alike can explore the array of shops and restaurants in the area and discover Brookline’s unique charm with its classic architecture and collection of outdoor parks. Ranked the second safest community in Massachusetts, Brookline offers a warm environment for the entire family!

Given the effortless access to Boston’s transit system, Boston becomes a 15-minute “T” ride away along the “C” Branch running the length of Beacon Street. With just a short ride on the “T”, you can experience all of Boston’s attractions and return to the quiet, safe community of Brookline. The Beacon Inn is conveniently located close to public transportation with the “T” running literally right outside our front doors. With two locations in historic Victorian brownstones on Beacon Street in Brookline, the Beacon Inn is the perfect destination for your Massachusetts vacation!