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Beacon St., Looking West From Hawes Street, The House of Charles U. Cotting, 1887
This photo may show the beginning of work for the widening of Beacon St. The group of men in the background are felling a tree; the piles of dirt might surround a tree stump; the fence along Beacon is being dismantled.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. Looking East From Kent St., 1887
On the north side of Beacon Street is the Amory Estate. In the far distance is the carriage house of Charles Cotting on Hawes St. On the near right is the estate of David Sears on Kent St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. East of Powell St., 1887
The left border of the photo is Beacon St. going west toward Powell. The Amory Estate is on the right.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. & Powell, The Amory Estate, 1887
Looking north from Beacon. Powell St. is just off to the left. Built in 1846, located at today's 20 Amory Street (Amory Park is toward the right), the house burned down after the death of Anna Amory in 1895.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Richmond Court Apartments
Beacon St. between and Marshall St. and St. Paul St.
Hampton Court Apartments
Beacon St. and St. Paul
195 St. Paul St., November 11, 1915
Looking north from Beacon St.
[Source: Olmsted]
126 St. Paul St., November 1915
Looking north from Beacon St.
[Source: Olmsted]
St. Paul St., November 1915
Looking north from Beacon St.
[Source: Olmsted]
Beacon St., Looking West toward Coolidge Corner From St. Paul St., 1887
On the north side of Beacon, the Coolidge & Brother store is barely visible in the center, behind trees.
Next is the James Whitney house on the corner of Pleasant Street, then the John G. Stearns house at 24 Pleasant Street, and finally the complex of the James Stearns house at 31 Pleasant Street, seen from the rear with conservatory and carriage house (left to right, respectively).
Left, on the south side of Beacon Street, you may see a horse & carriage approaching the C. H. Stearns house.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St., Looking East From St. Paul, 1887
The building of carpenter Josiah N. Christie, with a sign hanging in front, is in the distance along the edge of Beacon. On the right is the house of Marshall Stearns and at the center is the house of Edward Serrano Dane.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
2 Charles St.
Sears family home, looking north. Left, rear: Buildings on Pleasant St. on property owned by James Stearns.
[Source: Smithsonian]
2 Charles St.
Sears family home. Beacon St. to the left. Only structure in photo that is still standing.
[Source: Smithsonian]
Beacon St. at Pleasant St.
Looking east on Beacon toward St. Paul St. Corner of building from the Stearns property visible on the right
Beacon St. Looking West Toward Coolidge Corner, 1888
Newer Stearns House, corner Beacon & Pleasant, on the left. This photo has an excellent view of how the planks were slightly raised on the wooden sidewalks.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Pleasant St. Viewed From Beacon St., 1886
Looking northeast from Beacon, just south of Coolidge Corner
James Whitney House, Pleasant St., 1887
Viewed from Beacon St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
James Whitney House, Pleasant St., 1887
Beacon St. is running along the left border of the photo, the turn onto Pleasant is just visible in the foreground. On the left, in the distance, is the Coolidge & Brother store.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St., Just East of Harvard St., 1887
Looking east on Beacon. James S. Whitney house on the northwest corner of Pleasant & Beacon. Stearns house is visible through the trees on the right.
The Stearns House, Beacon St. and Pleasant St.
Beacon St. is to the left, the old extension of Pleasant St. is seen on the right..
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