South End House Tour

South End House Tour 2015

Thank you to everyone who came out for our South End House Tour on October 17th 2015. Thanks to you, 2015 was a huge success for our biggest fundraiser!

All proceeds from the South End House Tour are used to support the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to preserve the neighborhood’s architectural integrity and to promote its rich social history.The House Tour is our biggest fundraiser. Fundraising provides one third of our yearly operating budget and ensures our continued operation.

The 2016 House Tour will be held on Saturday, October 15th. We hope to see you all there!

Thank to you all of our House Tour Sponsors, who ensure the yearly success of the House Tour! For a list of our sponsors, click here.


What is the South End House Tour?
The South End House Tour is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public spaces in Boston’s historic South End. Tour goers are given a ticket that gains them admission to the homes and a guidebook with descriptions of the homes and a map of the tour route so they can take the tour at their own pace.
When is the Tour?
The South End House Tour is always held on the 3rd Saturday in October from 10 AM – 5 PM.
How long does the Tour take?
For the average healthy person, we usually recommend allotting 2 hours to walk the whole route. However, the Tour does involve climbing stairs and the length of the route varies from year to year, so you might want to allow extra time if have limited mobility or just want to make stops in the South End’s many restaurants and shops along the way.
How much does the Tour cost?
General admission for the Tour is $25 if you purchase your tickets in advance (by credit card, cash, or check), or $35 on the day of the Tour (by cash or check only).
Where can I pick up my ticket?
All tickets are available the day of the Tour in the lobby of the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont Street. If you purchased your ticket in advance, your name will be on the will-call list at the ticketing table.
How many stops are on the Tour?
There are usually 5-6 homes on the Tour and 3-4 public spaces.
Can I know which houses are on the tour?
Unfortunately not. For the privacy and security of the homeowners who have so generously opened their houses to us, we do not release addresses or details prior to the day of the Tour.
Are there any rules I should be aware of?
Yes. We ask all of our tour-goers to abide by the following:
You may be asked to remove your shoes
Carriages and backpacks must be left outside
Babies should be in your arms
Cell phones should be turned off
Photographing interiors of homes IS NOT allowed
Doors that are closed SHOULD NOT be opened
Please refrain from smoking, drinking, and eating in the homes.