The city filled in the original Back Bay—an actual body of water—to create this neighborhood, a project completed in the 1880s. Relatively quiet residential streets lined with brownstone mansions fill the blocks closest to the Charles River, including the tree-lined beauty of Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Restaurants and shopping rule Newbury and Boylston streets, while the Prudential tower, the John Hancock skyscraper and the Berkeley Building dominate the skyline. Copley Square features the classical architecture of Trinity Church
and the Boston Public Library. Upscale shoppers favor the glitzy Copley Place Mall. Berklee College of Music and the headquarters of the Christian Science church grace the blocks along Massachusetts Avenue. The Back Bay is also home to a large and super-cool Apple store
(815 Boylston St.) that gave some preservationists fits.