Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 27, 2003):
Revere Beach in Revere, Massachusetts, was one of the intital components of the country's first regional landscape system, the Boston Metropolitan Park System. Designed by one of America's pioneer landscape architects, Charles Eliot, Revere Beach was the first ocean beach in the United States to be acquired for public recreational use. Eliots plan called for the reclamation of the beach from intense private development, stipulated the relocation of the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad from the top of the beach and directed the placement of a boulevard and structures for bathing to emphasize the natural curve of the beach. In 1893, the dean of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, described the creation of Revere Beach within Bostons Metropolitan Park System as one of the most important works "in our profession now in hand anywhere in the world" and "the opening of new chapters in the art" of landscape architecture. Eliot's landscape design for the beach park is largely intact and is clearly evident in the current configuration of beach, roadway, promenade and beachside structures. As the best remaining example of Eliot's philosophy of landscape preservation and social responsibility, the plans for Revere Beach informed the early development of regional planning in this country.