Fields Corner is a diverse neighborhood that is one of several commercial centers within Dorchester. The area is known for its mix of ethnic restaurants as well as the Blarney Stone pub where the first draft Guinness was served in the U.S. While Fields Corner was established in colonial times in the 1700s, it was long used as farmland until the late 1800s and early 1900s. Much of its surviving architecture dates from this time, including notable examples of Shingle and Queen Anne Victorian homes. The area saw a resurgence in large part by the extended Vietnamese expat community and today is home to the fifth-largest Vietnamese population in the U.S. In 2014, the American Planning Association recognized Fields Corner as one of the “10 Great Neighborhoods in America” — the only New England neighborhood to be included on the list. Melville Park is also considered part of Fields Corner.
Fields Corner is located in the center of Dorchester with the Clam Point neighborhood to the east; St. Marks Parish to the south; and Meeting House Hill to the north. Fields Corner is loosely bounded by Washington, Ashmont, Bowdoin, and Clayton Streets.