Brookline Historical Society
Photo Collection

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..
Charles Stearns House, 265 Harvard St.
Looking west from the Thomas Sears house on Charles St. Foreground right: Charles Stearns house. Foreground left: out-housing of Charles Stearns. Far distance: Aspinwall Hill. The large mansion at the top of the hill with the tall spire was built by Clarence Esty, part of a group of Esty houses that have since been replaced by Schick Park. The spire was an observation tower equipped with a high-powered telescope that enabled detailed viewing of distant scenes. Harvard St., south of Beacon St., runs roughly left to right in the middle of the picture.
[Source: Smithsonian]
Beacon St. Looking West From Pleasant St., 1887
Near left is the side of the old school house that was torn down for the widening. In the far distance is the watering station in fron of the Coolidge & Brother store.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Coolidge Corner
Looking east on Beacon St.
Background left: carriages are traveling both directions on the northern side of Beacon St. with no visible traffic on the southern side, presumably because of the greater width of the northern side. The town passed an ordnance in 1924 established unidirectional traffic.
[Source: Iowa State]
Coolidge Corner
Looking east on Beacon St.
[Source: Iowa State]
Coolidge Corner Shelter
[Source: Iowa State]
Beacon St. Looking West Toward Coolidge Corner
In the center is the S. S. Pierce Building with the old cupola that was later destroyed in a fire. To the right, the James Whitney house is partially visible on the northwest corner of Pleasant St.
[Source: Iowa State]
Coolidge Corner and Corey Hill, circa 1897
This is a rare photo showing a stage in the evolution of the old Coolidge & Brother store after the 1887 widening of Beacon St. The original store, which had been taken over by Merrill Brown in 1884, was purchased in 1892 by the S.S. Pierce Company which then constructed the new S.S. Pierce Building seen today in 1898-99. Also visible are the large homes lining Summit Ave.
[Source: Smithsonian]
Coolidge Corner, November 11 1908
Standing on Harvard St. at Longwood Ave., looking north to Coolidge Corner. In the distance is 278 Harvard St. on the northeast corner of Beacon St. To the right, on the southeast corner of Beacon St., is Frank A. Russell, Real Estate, at 1321 Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Coolidge Corner, November 28, 1908
Standing on Harvard St., looking north. Left to right:
:: The drugstore of A. J. Hayman, 1329 Beacon St., southwest corner.
:: S. S. Pierce, 1324 Beacon St., northwest corner.
:: The houses at 287 and 291 Harvard St., northeast corner.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Coolidge Corner, November 28, 1908
Standing on the southwest corner of Beacon St and Harvard St. looking northeast. The brick house on the left is probably that of D. H. Brewer at 16 John St. Obscured by the trolley going north on Harvard St. is the James Whitney house on Pleasant St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Coolidge Corner District School
Removed with the widening of Beacon. Replaced by the Devotion School.
Coolidge Corner: Coolidge & Brother General Store, 1887
Harvard St. looking north toward Brighton on the right. Beacon St. heading west is to the left. Store established 1857, replaced by S.S. Pierce building.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Coolidge Corner: Coolidge & Brother General Store, Close-Up
Coolidge Corner, Circa 1920
This photo was taken at the same time as another photo posted on the Historic New England web site.
[Source: Historic New England]
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