is a modern development situated in downtown Boston
. It is best known for the Boston Harbor Hotel's multi-story arch over the wide public plaza between Atlantic Avenue
and the Boston Harbor
waterfront. Along the waterfront can be found a marina
, restaurants, a water transportation terminal, and a floating stage offering free concerts and movies during the summer months.
MBTA boat services link the wharf to Hingham, whilst water taxis operate to and from Logan International Airport. Cruise boats also operate from the wharf.
The site currently occupied by Rowes Wharf was once occupied by the South Battery
, erected by the first settlers in 1630 to protect the fledgling colony from French
, and Spanish
marauders. The South Battery was strengthened over the following years, but was obsolete by the middle of the 18th century. In 1764, John Rowe
bought the land and built the first Rowes Wharf, which extended a short distance into Boston Harbor
. For the next 150 years or so, commercial shipping continued to be a main user of the area.
With the opening of the Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad in 1875, a ferry connection was established from Rowes Wharf to the railroad's southern terminus at East Boston. With the construction of the Atlantic Avenue Elevated in 1901, a station at Rowes Wharf connected the wharf to the rest of Boston's elevated and subway rail system. However both the railroad and the elevated railway had closed by the middle of the 20th century and the wharf had become dilapidated, the victim of changing patterns in shipping. This remained the case until the 1980s, when the current development was constructed. Now a company called GMO is there as well.