Brookline Historical Society
Photo Collection

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at the top of the hill with the tall spire was built by Clarence Esty, part of a group of Esty houses that have since been replaced by Schick Park.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.
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 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]
Coolidge Corner, 1924
[Source: Historic New England]
Coolidge Corner
Coolidge Corner, Early 1900s
Coolidge Corner, 1905
Coolidge Corner, 1906
Coolidge Corner, 1908
Coolidge Corner, S.S. Pierce Building
Coolidge Corner, 1913
Coolidge Corner, 1915(?)
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