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These old pictures show the North End was always awesome

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People sit in front of Paul Revere’s house, ca. 1954.
People sit in front of Paul Revere’s house, ca. 1954. Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth

Known for its easy access to homemade pasta and cannolis, being the home to American patriot Paul Revere, and having small, cobblestone streets, Boston’s North End is not lacking in historic charm.

Here is a look at the North End through the years:

According to The North End: A Brief History of Boston’s Oldest Neighborhood, people first started building their homes in the neighborhood on North Street because they wanted to be close to their businesses and the coastline.

Now Hanover Street has become the neighborhood’s main road, where you can find many of the famous restaurants, cafes, and shops — but don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path and explore the historic churches, homes, and statues that help portray the North End’s interesting past.