Louisburg Square, Beacon Hill
For many visitors to Boston
the bowfront brick townhouses that enclose Louisburg Square, an oval private green, epitomize the architectural character of the city. Dating from 1826 the Louisburg Square Proprietors were the first home association in the country providing services to assure the maintenance of the cobble streets and open space. The square has been home to many historic figures including William Dean Howells, editor of the Atlantic Monthly, and Louisa May Alcott author of Little Women.