Introduction

CONSTRUCTION OF MAIN ROOF OF THE BOSTON GARDEN, 1928. Boston Herald-Traveler Photo Morgue, BPL Print Department. 

The Boston Garden opened on November 17, 1928, over the railways of North Station at Causeway Street. At center, the framing for two levels of seating begins to take shape.

The Boston Garden opened in 1928 above bustling North Station. Considered one of the premier indoor venues of its time, the Garden attracted professional sports franchises—most notably Bruins hockey and Celtics basketball—as well as a wide variety of shows, sporting contests, and rallies.

The Garden’s location above a rail station reflected the common practice at the time of locating arenas in urban centers near public transportation. With seats for roughly 15,000 fans, the stadium boasted over twice the capacity of the existing Boston Arena across town.