Feeding into the harbor, Fort Point Channel is a waterway separating South Boston from downtown. The channel and neighborhood of the same name are the centerpieces of Boston’s revitalized waterfront. Encompassing more than 100 acres, this historic community has scenic views, museums, shops and eateries as well as easy access to other areas of Boston. Repurposed turn-of-the-century warehouses have been transformed into one of New England’s largest artist communities featuring a variety of galleries. The Fort Point Channel neighborhood is bordered by the waterway on the west, Summer Street to the north and West 2nd Street to the south as well as Bypass Road to the east.
A Fort’s Namesake
The neighborhood was named to celebrate Fort Hill, a colonial-era fort built to defend Boston Harbor. The bastion was constructed on a hill, part of which jutted out into the harbor, a geographical feature called a point. The hill was eventually lowered and used as a landfill to extend the shoreline further into the harbor. Fort Point Channel’s name is a unique derivative of the fort and the hill’s point.
Its Place in History
Fort Point Channel has a significant place in American history as it was the site of the Boston Tea Party. In the 1830s, the neighborhood’s wharfs and warehouses stored vast quantities of sugar and molasses as well as items used in the local shipbuilding trade. With the decline of manufacturing in the 20th century, artists took over many of the dilapidated buildings and turned the spaces into studio lofts and design spaces. The area is now a thriving commercial and residential community. This neighborhood also has a place in pop culture. Several scenes from the 2006 movie “The Departed” were filmed in Fort Point Channel.
Your Travel Itinerary
Fort Point Channel has a lot to offer visitors of all ages and is one of Boston’s fastest growing neighborhoods. You can step back in time to an iconic period in American history, learn about science with hands-on exhibits and enjoy modern art. Join others at an annual celebration, soak up the ambience at a local eatery or find that one-of-a-kind item to serve as a reminder of your trip.