12 Apr A Roofer’s View from the Back Bay
QUESTION? What could be more fun than installing a roof in the Back Bay of Boston during winter?
ANSWER: Installing a roof in the Back Bay of Boston any other time of year!
Ranch Roofing installed a roof in the prestigious Back Bay and the view of Cambridge from this roof was spectacular. Back Bay is famous for Victorian Brownstones and Ranch Roofing installed a quality roof on one of them!
On a nicer day one would be able to point out joggers and bike riders. But you can still see these famous landmarks and destinations:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT is considered one of the best schools in the world – in fact, it was ranked the top university six years in a row! The private research university specializes in applied science and engineering – it’s no wonder that the campus features its very own nuclear reactor and a pressurized wind tunnel for testing aerodynamic research. Notable alumni include Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Hewlett-Packard co-founder Bill Hewlett, and Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed and co-founder of The Huffington Post.
The Charles River – or simply, the Charles – was first called the Massachusetts River by none other than colonial explorer Captain John Smith. Nowadays the Charles is a popular destination for the athletically inclined, especially for those who row, canoe, kayak, paddleboard and sail. It’s also home to the world’s largest two-day rowing event, the Head of the Charles Regatta. Prefer to stay on dry land? Acquaint yourself with the Charles River Bike Path, which runs 23 miles along the banks of the river starting at the Museum of Science.
Formerly called Charles River Road, Memorial Drive delivers stunning views of Boston from the Cambridge side of the river. A portion of the road is closed to traffic on Sundays from late April to November and open to recreation. People can walk, run, skate, scooter, or bike along the road from Western Avenue to Mount Auburn Street as it winds along the Charles River!
Magazine Beach is a 17-acre park in Cambridge that features ball fields, exercise equipment, picnic areas and a free outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, making it a popular spot in the summer. The property is also home to two culturally significant historical structures: the 1818 Powder Magazine (the oldest building on the Charles River Basin) and a 1912 boathouse that belongs to the Riverside Boat Club.
Museum Of Science
With exhibits like the Hall of Human Life, Cosmic Light, and Colossal Fossil, there is so much to explore at the Museum of Science in Boston. The museum also boasts a planetarium where guests can explore the solar system or an otherworldly musical experience. Don’t forget to visit the Butterfly Garden or go twist and turn on Thrill Ride 360°!
In addition this property is within walking distance of:
Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library is the second-largest public library in the nation, second only to the Library of Congress. It is home to approximately 23.7 million items. The Boston Central Library is located in Copley Square in the Back Bay and is made up of two buildings connected via interior passageways: The McKim building and the Johnson building, named for its designer, modernist Philip Johnson. Branch libraries are located throughout the city and its immediate surrounding areas.
Hynes Convention Center
The Hynes Convention Center is 193,000 square feet of exhibit space right in the heart of the city. It is home to annual events like First Night Boston, CollegeFest and Berklee College of Music’s annual jazz festival and competition. It is conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line. If you prefer shopping to conventions, the Hynes Convention Center is adjacent to the Shops at Prudential Center at the base of the Prudential Tower.
Fenway Park has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912, making it the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The park has been renovated and expanded many times throughout its 106 years, resulting in many quirks like the Green Monster and Pesky’s Pole. Though it is primarily used for baseball, this world famous venue has also played host to other sports like soccer and snowboarding as well as live concerts.
A short walk away from Fenway Park is Kenmore Square, instantly recognizable by the giant Citgo sign that looms over the area. Several main thoroughfares intersect at Kenmore Square, including Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, and it easily accessible from the MBTA Green Line. Kenmore Square’s proximity to the ballpark and to Boston University makes it a lively destination for seekers of nightlife entertainment.
Boston University – aka BU – is one of the Northeast’s best known schools and competes in NCAA’s Division I. It features a sprawling main campus that spans over a mile and a half from Kenmore Square to the border of Boston’s Allston neighborhood. As the school expanded throughout the years, it amassed a collection of architecturally diverse buildings. In fact, students live in everything from apartment buildings to individual brownstone townhouses.
If you look out from the roof on the right day you might see Ranch Roofing’s foreman, Dave, in Kenmore Square on the way to the Red Sox game with his children. Or you might see owner Bob jogging on Memorial Drive. Or you could view estimator Todd on Magazine Beach with his wife.
But not on this day! Too cold!!!