In Boston, A Treasure Hidden Beneath The Surface

A renowned Boston concert venue was forgotten for decades until it was rediscovered by a curious blogger.

Built in the 19th century, generations of concert-goers trekked to Steinert Hall, a symphony space so far below ground it was completely insulated from street noise and was reported to have "perfect acoustics." But the magnificent space closed down following a tragic fire at another Boston venue, Coconaut Grove, in the early 1940s; city officials beefed up fire codes and deemed Steinert unsafe. The venue's existence became the stuff of urban legend until Greig Lamont, a blogger and urban explorer, posted photos on his site, "A Project in Ruins."  

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