Brookline Historical Society
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Aerial Photo, Circa 1930, Brookline Village to Beacon St.
High School (photo lower left); Beacon St. (photo left to right)
Aerial Photo, Circa 1930, South Brookline
Looking North toward Rt. 9 reservoir; Charles River (photo top)
Aerial Photo, Circa 1930, Southeast Brookline
Looking from Jamaica Pond area toward Rt. 9 reservoir (photo middle), Fisher Hill Reservoir, and NW to Chestnut Hill Reservoir (photo upper left), Intersection of Goddard Ave. and Cottage St, photo lower left.
Aerial Photo, Circa 1930, North Brookline
Charles River (photo top left); Beacon St (photo middle top to middle right); Summit Ave. (photo middle bottom)
36 Amory St., 1910
Designed in 1905 by Charles Adams Platt for Henry Howard.
[Source: Smithsonian]
Aspinwall House, Original Layout
This 1869 picture is a good starting point for understanding the history of the Aspinwall house. Oddly, it appears that the house was deliberately designed to have the rear face Aspinwall Ave. In this photo the house still has its extended rear structure and the great elm tree has come down.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Original Aspinwall House & St. Paul's Church, Early 1860s
Aspinwall House is on the far right, erected circa 1660, torn down 1891. Oldest of several photos with the great elm at the rear corner of the house still standing. St. Paul St. looking north, Aspinwall Ave. follows the fence to the right.
Aspinwall House, Early 1860s
The great elm which came down in 1863 still stands. The front entrance is in an older configuration and the extended rear of the house has not been removed yet.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Aspinwall House, Aspinwall Ave. Fall of the Great Elm, 1863
Three generations of Aspinwall family. (L to R) Mary Aspinwall, Mrs. Colonel Aspinwall, Colonel Thomas Aspinwall, Thomas Aspinwall, Mrs. William Aspinwall, William Aspinwall (in arms of mother)
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Aspinwall House, circa early 1870s
The remains of the great elm tree, toppled in 1863, remain. The rear of the house has been reduced, this may have occurred as a result of the widening of Aspinwall Ave.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Aspinwall House, circa 1880s
At the site of the present-day Ward Park on Aspinwall Ave. Great elm tree is gone.
Aspinwall House, circa 1888
The rectory, built in 1885-86, has appeared behind St. Paul's Church
St. Paul's Church, circa 1888
Aspinwall House is on the far right, torn down 1891. St. Paul St. looking north to the left, Aspinwall Ave. to the right.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Aspinwall House
Aspinwall House, Aspinwall Ave.
Before 1891. Note two children peering from middle window.
Aspinwall House, circa 1891
Fence going along the rear of the house has been removed and new one going down the backyard has appeared. Flag pole installed on top of house.
Aspinwall House, circa 1891
St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 1912
Aspinwall Ave. to the right
St. Paul's Church
Aspinwall Ave. to the right, looking east; St Paul St to the left.
St. Paul St. at Aspinwall Ave., Looking Southwest Toward Harvard St.
Circa 1915. 79 Aspinwall foreground left. Note horses getting water at the pump with an early automobile in the background.
[Source: Olmsted]
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