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One of the more famous institutions of higher eduction to call Boston home is Boston University. While it possesses a name that sounds like a public, state run institution, it is the exact opposite, a private, research university. The main campus sits in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, along the edge of the Charles River. Interestingly enough, the school started off as the "Methodist Theological School" in Vermont. It moved to New Hampshire and eventually to Boston, taking the name...

One of the more famous institutions of higher eduction to call Boston home is Boston University. While it possesses a name that sounds like a public, state run institution, it is the exact opposite, a private, research university. The main campus sits in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, along the edge of the Charles River. Interestingly enough, the school started off as the "Methodist Theological School" in Vermont. It moved to New Hampshire and eventually to Boston, taking the name "Boston Theological Institute". At that time, three of the members of the board of trustees of the institute set out to found a University that would not restrict its applicants or faculty members to a particular religious belief. The restriction only applied to the Theological Institute that would later become a part of Boston University.

The School was growing well until about 1872, when the Great Boston Fire of 1872. Due to lax enforcement of the city’s building codes and no incentive to use fire safe materials in building construction, the fire spread quickly from rooftop to rooftop. The gas street lamps also lacked a quick safety shut off system so this compounded the effects of the fire. 65 acres were destroyed in a 12 hour period and the fire all but consumed Boston University. Only one building remained once the blaze was contained.

However in light of this tragedy the university still stands today as one of the nations top higher educational institutions and is a purveyor of culture throughout the city, working to preserve parks, theatres, historical buildings and provide the students with venues to practice their crafts.

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