Cultural Landscape Report
Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park
Significant for its entire 174 years of naval operations, the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, retains landscape features from many eras of its history, presenting a complex landscape that complicates interpretation and challenges visitors. The cultural landscape report documents, organizes, and analyzes this long history to help guide cultural landscape management.
The Charlestown Navy Yard, on the edge of Boston Harbor, is one of six original navy yards established by the U.S. Congress in 1800. The yard built and serviced numerous ships and manufactured essential products for the navy, most notably rope and die-lock chain. At the time of its closure in 1974, the National Park Service acquired 30 acres of the original 130-acre yard and provided a home to the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy. Several notable nineteenth and twentieth century buildings and industrial structures remain, all backed by stunning views of the Boston skyline.
Over the next several years, the cultural landscape report will provide guidance for rehabilitating several of the yard's historic buildings, restoring key vegetation, and reorganizing visitor circulation, while addressing pressing security concerns relating to the USS Constitution and the navy personnel who care for it.