We are the Association of The St. Botolph District which was developed in the 1850's as a residential neighborhood and is a historical site protected by the St. Botolph Historic District Commission. It consists of 8 blocks east to west, and its boundaries are Huntington Avenue, Copley Place, the Southwest Corridor Park and Massachusetts Avenue. The St. Botolph area was formed during the large-scale reclamation of Boston tidal lands which took place during the Nineteenth Century. In the 1850's the decision was made to fill in the Back Bay area to provide space for the expansion of the city. The filling of Back Bay, including the St. Botolph District, provided the opportunity for urban planning and residential design as it had never been previously known in Boston. Situated in the Back Bay and bord\ering the South End (via the Southwest Corridor Park), St. Botolph residents enjoy the benefits of easy access to many thriving commercial areas while enjoying the quiet ambiance of a comfortable residential neighborhood.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead.
We are a small and vibrant community where racism and violence has no place. We welcome open dialogue about how we can, as a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens help change the issues that directly affect our community. We welcome your thoughts. President@stbotolph.org
Who was St. Botolph?
It's believed that the word "Boston" is a contraction of Saint Botolph's town. Saint Botolph is the Patron Saint of Travelers and was a Benedictine monk who traveled in England in the 7th Century. His feast day is celebrated on the 17th of June! And did you know , he was a great fan of Facebook - and encourages everyone to like our Facebook Community Page - for more details join our mailing list at the bottom of the page.
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New Trees on the block!
What a welcome sight to see on Monday morning Dec 5th, 2021, a team from the city busy planting trees in the neighborhood. We urge everyone who has a new tree on their block to throw some water in the green water bag to give the young trees the best chance of survival. For more tips on tree care click here for the City of Boston website. Want to know the names of trees in Boston? Check out this fascinating survey on the Urban Forest
Redistricting - what it means for our neighborhood
Every ten years, the legislature has to redraw its districts.
Our previous Senator, William Brownberger's district has been redrawn and so he is no longer our senator. Click here for more details on the new redistricting maps. Our new senator for the 9th Suffolk district is Senator Nick Collins
What districts are we in?
We straddle two districts District 2 and District 7. District 2 covers from West Newton to Harcourt Street and the streets between and District 7 covers the neighborhood from West Newton to Mass Ave and the streets in between. For more details on our government representatives, click on our Government page
History has its eyes on us…
A little background on preservation in our neighborhood...
In 1981, the St.Botolph neighborhood was designated a historic “architectural conservation district,” one of only 10 such districts currently within the City. (More information about this is available on our website on the Who we are page and for a fascinating and more in depth historical background on the St. Botolph District, please see St. Botolph Architectural Conservation District Study Report).
As an extra support to the Saint Botolph historical district, SBNA has an Architectural Review Committee to help residents early in the planning process to determine project compliance with the Standards and Criteria. The SBNA's fearless Architectural Review Committee Leader is Lee Steele. (He is always happy to answer any questions).
Choosing to live in this neighborhood makes us all stewards of preservation.
Mass Ave Coalition
The SBNA is proud to be a part of the Mass Ave Coalition - a coalition of the neighborhoods along Mass Ave between Huntington and BMC. The vision of this group is to bring about a future in which Mass Ave’s diversity is celebrated, its culture and history are highlighted, and Mass Ave ultimately serves as a connector of communities instead of a divider. We'll keep you posted on updates from this important initiative.
November 2022 Safety Update ! Check out our safety page.
Free curbside food waste collection is here!
Starting in August 2022, the city has launched a free,curbside food waste collection service for residents!. To participate, residents must live in buildings with 6 units or less. Enrollment is limited, so sign up today here!
Neighborhood Get Together
What a lovely evening we spent on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022, at the Colonnade connecting with neighbors and friends. Thanks to everyone who made it such a success. It was great to see some new faces and always wonderful to catch up with old friends. We live in a great neighborhood! For some photos click here
Thank you everyone for making this year’s annual wreath sale a great success. We sold 298 wreaths; an all-time record. Whether you purchased, volunteered or both, your neighborhood spirit is truly appreciated. Even Poppy participated by modeling this year’s wreath couture!
New to the Neighborhood?
Whether you're planning your move, or have just arrived, check out these helpful resources below. If you are looking to reserve parking for your moving day, want to learn about resident parking permits, trash and recycling, rights and responsibilities as a resident, or voter registration, check out this helpful City of Boston resource. For safety issues click on the news updates from the Boston Police. To report something to city click on 311.
Useful Resources & City of Boston Services
NEW !the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating/energy bills.
For more details click here
Police: 911 or 617-343-4250
Fire: 911 or 617-536-1500
617-635-7576 or 617-635-7500
Power Outage: 800-592-2000
Gas Leak: 800-572-9337
Trash and Recycling:
Missed pick-up: 617-635-7573
Improper disposal: 617-635-4896
Electronics/fridge pickup: 617-635-7574
Boston Recycles: 617-635-4959
Boston Water and Sewer: 617-989-7000
Street and Sidewalk Repairs:
Department of Transportation Missing Street Sign: 617-635-3124
Department of Public Works Potholes: 617-635-3050
Sidewalk issues: 617-635-7555
Other City Services:
Rodent Control: 617-635-5352
Noise Complaints: 617-635-3850
Graffiti Removal: 617-635-3850
Leaf and Yard Waste
Public Works picks up leaf and yard waste from April to December on scheduled days. They also hold drop-off events during the year. Leaf and yard waste will not be collected curbside on non-collection weeks. At this time, curbside collection remains on schedule.
Official Sources of Coronavirus information
Please use the websites below as trusted sources of information related to COVID-19:
- City of Boston: boston.gov/coronavirus
- Boston Public Health Commission: bphc.org/coronavirus
- US Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- Federal Trade Commission Coronavirus Scams Page: ftc.gov/coronavirus