The Pinebank Promontory juts far out into Jamaica Pond, giving it a restful sense of seclusion.

Audiences escape the heat of the city on the lawn under towering London Planetrees.

The now-demolished Pinebank house was a defining feature – but now the site offers a more flexible and natural open area.

The Pinebank Promontory is named after a house built for the Perkins family in 1806, and then rebuilt in 1848. For decades, the deteriorated condition of the building and the necessity of a security fence prevented the public from enjoying the promontory. When it became clear that the structure could not be saved, the Solomon Foundation helped sponsor a series of public workshops to discuss the future of the site.

Manyworkshop participants spoke of the need for a flexible gathering place for cultural events as well as a place of quiet retreat. Victor Walker, landscape architect, was hired by the City of Boston to develop a distinctive landscape design featuring an outline of the house in granite blocks. The three landmark trees received horticultural care and have emerged as a character-defining feature of the site. The site – located far back from the parkways – is used for enjoyment of the park and for public concerts.

Located on the northeast side of Jamaica Pond.
Sponsored public workshops and horticultural care.
Interaction Associates for Social Change
Walker Kluesing Design Group