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KENMORE SQUARE, FENWAY PARK AREA, 1950-59. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

Fenway Park's unique layout reflects the asymmetrical parcel upon which it was built.This aerial shot shows the park’s shortened left field, the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood, and the Charles River. 

A century ago, one of the most storied venues in sports history opened its gates, welcoming fans to Fenway Park. The baseball stadium that John Updike famously called “a lyric little bandbox” in 1960 has evolved since its first season in 1912, but its allure has persisted for generations of ever-faithful fans.

The oldest major league stadium still in use, Fenway Park has undergone a series of major renovations during the past century, yet stepping through its gates today still feels like stepping back in time.