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  The Institute of Contemporary Art, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, sits harborside, backed by the financial titans of the city skyline. The surrounding parking lots will disappear as the district is developed in the coming years.
    The Institute of Contemporary Art, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, sits harborside, backed by the financial titans of the city skyline. The surrounding parking lots will disappear as the district is developed in the coming years.
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  In the centuries since Boston’s founding, Deer Island has been used as an internment camp for Native Americans, a point of entry for Irish immigrants, and a prison. Now it’s home to a waste-water treatment plant and a state park.
    In the centuries since Boston’s founding, Deer Island has been used as an internment camp for Native Americans, a point of entry for Irish immigrants, and a prison. Now it’s home to a waste-water treatment plant and a state park.
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  Artists and others who live and work along the Fort Point Channel were less than pleased about the massive Vent Building 5, one of five structures that deliver power and fresh air to the Big Dig’s underground highways.
    Artists and others who live and work along the Fort Point Channel were less than pleased about the massive Vent Building 5, one of five structures that deliver power and fresh air to the Big Dig’s underground highways.
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  Orinoco restaurant is loved as much for its warm, casual environment as for the traditional Venezuelan cuisine.
    Orinoco restaurant is loved as much for its warm, casual environment as for the traditional Venezuelan cuisine.
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  Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius lived in the house that bears his name from 1938 until his death in 1969.
    Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius lived in the house that bears his name from 1938 until his death in 1969.
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  The bare cabin where Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden is long gone, but the pond still offers an escape from urban life.
    The bare cabin where Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden is long gone, but the pond still offers an escape from urban life.
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  True to the quirky vision of its founder, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s collection mixes major with minor. Titian’s Europa, on a wall upholstered in French fabric, holds court over an 18th-century Italian chair and other assorted pieces.
    True to the quirky vision of its founder, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s collection mixes major with minor. Titian’s Europa, on a wall upholstered in French fabric, holds court over an 18th-century Italian chair and other assorted pieces.
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  The Titian room at the Gardner Museum overlooks an interior courtyard.
    The Titian room at the Gardner Museum overlooks an interior courtyard.
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  Chief curator Nicholas Baume in the ICA’s digital media room.
    Chief curator Nicholas Baume in the ICA’s digital media room.
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  Cherries, fava beans, fiddlehead ferns, and other organic local treats for sale at Plum Produce.
    Cherries, fava beans, fiddlehead ferns, and other organic local treats for sale at Plum Produce.
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  The windows of the ICA's theater offer an expansive view of the harbor and the cantilevered galleries above.
    The windows of the ICA's theater offer an expansive view of the harbor and the cantilevered galleries above.
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  One of the dozen small public spaces that dot the South End, Blackstone Square is a lively center of civic life—filled with yuppie dog owners and young parents with children.
    One of the dozen small public spaces that dot the South End, Blackstone Square is a lively center of civic life—filled with yuppie dog owners and young parents with children.
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  Brick bowfront rowhouses, most constructed in the mid-19th century, are a South End signature.
    Brick bowfront rowhouses, most constructed in the mid-19th century, are a South End signature.

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