Filling in the Back Bay

NABB Special Events Presents
“ Filling in the Back Bay”

Please join Special Events for our next virtual presentation,” Filling in the Back Bay” Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:00.

Our speaker is Jim Lambrechts, professor of engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He will be discussing the geological background of the Back Bay and the decades long filling effort that added 500 acres to the City.

The more than 700 people who set sail from England in 1630 to found Boston had no idea that their choice of location would be so influenced by geologic events that began nearly 600 million years earlier. When Boston was founded, Back Bay was no more than a swamp, mostly underwater at high tide. Two hundred years later, however, the Back Bay would have a great deal to do with the continuation of Boston as the major city in Massachusetts.

By the mid 1800’s Bostonians realized that they needed more land. The need to expand Boston‘s  land area led to a massive 30-yearlong land fill project that would create the area now known as Boston’s Back Bay and the adjacent Fenway area.

There is no charge for this event, but you must register by the cutoff date of Tuesday, April 13. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an exciting event.