The South End has a rich social and architectural history, but in the 20th century the neighborhood suffered from neglect, arson, and wholesale demolition. By the mid-1970s, about one quarter of the original buildings had been destroyed.
From Neglect to Revival
In 1966, concerned citizens founded The South End Historical Society
to preserve the area for future generations. In 1972, the South End was placed on the National Register of Historic Places
as the largest Victorian brick rowhouse district extant in the United States. In 1983, the area became a local Boston Landmark District and is the largest landmark district in the country, covering more than 500 acres.
The South End's ethnic diversity is reflected in the astounding choice of cuisines in its many fine restaurants, bars, and cafes – Indian, Ethiopian, French, Italian, Venezuelan, Thai, to name a few. The area now includes numerous trendy shops catering to the personal needs of people (clothing, home furnishings, specialty foods, salons, spas, even psychics) and their pets (a dog bakery).
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Boston's South End is located in Suffolk County. The South End has two Zip Codes: 02118 and 02116.