Garden and lots, 1850Houses, 1854–1859
Union Park is one of the loveliest green spaces in the South End and was the first square in the neighborhood to be completed. Two fountains, flowers, mature trees, and an iron fence make a lush foreground for the large Victorian brick row houses. The façades that step forward to enclose the park heighten the sense of a special place. The ornamental ironwork is noteworthy, especially the simple modern pattern at 23–25 Union Park and the Victorian cast-iron fence, balcony, and stair rail at 43 Union Park, which are found in many nineteenth-century ironwork catalogues.
In a sudden rush, most of the houses were sold between 1885 and 1890. There was almost a frenzy to get out of the South End by then.
Image: © Peter Vanderwarker 2014