New Chardon Street (Boston)

Boston, United States

New Chardon Street (Boston)

New Chardon Street is a street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, United States, north of Government Center. It begins at Cambridge Street at Bowdoin Square, across from Bowdoin Street. The two-way street continues east across Congress Street, ending at Haymarket Square with access to the Sumner and Callahan Tunnels (Route 1A) and the Central Artery (I-93/U.S. 1/Route 3), as well as local access to Washington Street North and the Surface Artery.

New Chardon Street was originally Chardon Street, connecting Bowdoin Square to Merrimac and Portland Streets (where Congress Street now intersects). The street was originally "laid out through the Parker-Gerrish pasture in 1682. It was called "the highway to Jackson's distill house," "the lane to the mill pond," and in 1785, "Chardon's lane." Chardon Street was named after a Huguenot descendant, Peter Chardon, who acquired the property on the street in 1733 and "built a house on the corner of the street bearing his name. He was a man of polished manners, and an influential merchant of the old time. A school-house was erected in 1804, at the corner of Chardon and Hawkins Streets." Hawkins Street was also the site of many distilling houses.

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