National Register of Historic Places
Three centuries of Boston architecture are found in the Blackstone Block, from the early eighteenth-century Capen House to a late twentieth-century hotel. Marshall Street, Scott Alley, Salt Lane, Marsh Lane, Creek Square—the narrow winding lanes of Boston’s earliest days—seem right out of Dickens. At Creek Square a stone that had been used to grind paint pigments became the marker from which distances to and from Boston were measured.
Benjamin Franklin spent much of his boyhood in and near these seventeenth-century streets. His father’s chandlery shop was nearby, next to a stream that carried waste from butchers past the Blackstone Block.