Beacon Hill The very name calls forth the essence of Boston: Cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks lit by gas streetlamps, historic homes and beautiful gardens enclosed by ivy-entwined fences. The wealthiest and most prominent members of Boston society settled Beacon Hill in the early 19th century, and it remains one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the country. Among its founders was Charles Bullfinch, the renowned architect who designed the State House with a golden dome that continues to be Beacon Hill’s most distinguished landmark. Boston Common and the Public Gardens. Housing is made up of brownstone row houses with many having secret gardens, courtyards, and all walkable to Downtown, MGH, the Redline, and the main shopping st of Charles St.