Brookline Historical Society
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Summit Ave., March 1, 1921
2, 3, 4, 9 Summit Ave., all still standing.
[Source: Olmsted]
Beacon St. at Summit Ave., 1887
Mansion of Elizabeth F. Raymond (widow of Edward A. Raymond). Beacon St going west to the left, Summit Ave. runs along the right side of the photo.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. & Summit Ave., 1885; Elizabeth F. Raymond Mansion
Entrance seen from Beacon St.; Elbridge Wason-designed Queen Anne style homes at the bottom of Summit Ave visible on the right.This photo has an excellent view of the small ramps that were placed at the end of the planks of the wooden sidewalks.
Elizabeth F. Raymond Mansion
Just west of Summit Ave. Close-up after widening of Beacon
The Beacon School, Beacon St. & Summit Ave
Formerly the Elizabeth F. Raymond mansion. From a postcard.
60 Park St., 1888
Residence of Daniel W. Russell, an area real estate developer. Built in 1888, no longer standing. His son, Frank A. Russell, graduated from Brookline High in 1886, spent time in Denver, married, then returned to Brookline in 1893. Both families then lived in the house.
Park St., February 1921
Looking northest. Apartments #75-83 still standing. House at 71 Park is no longer standing.
[Source: Olmsted]
Griggs Park Area from Beacon St.
South side of Beacon St., just west of Summit Ave., is peaking through the fence on the right. View of the property and houses of Thomas Griggs, the future Griggs Rd. area. Washington St. is behind it.
Beacon St. & Marion, 1887
House of Austin W. Benton. Beacon St. looking east to the left, Marion St. to the right. Stone wall of Raymond Mansion visible across Beacon. The house, whose rear section was right at the edge of Beacon Street, was moved shortly after this photo was taken for the 1887 widening. It appears that the house was moved twice: first, it was rotated to face the apex of Beacon and Marion thus moving its extended tail sections away from Beacon to make room for the additional 110 feet of the widening; second, back to its original alignment but further down Marion where is still stands today.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St., William H. Hill House, 1887
Beacon St. at Short St. No longer standing. Raymond mansion to the right on Summit Ave.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. just West of Short St.
Grace Stevenson House on Corey Hill. Houses on Prospect St. visible on the left of photo.
Beacon St. just West of Short St.
Grace Stevenson House on north side of Beacon St., just west of Short St.. House of H. B. Eager on Mason Terrace (formerly Prospect St.) visible in the upper left of photo. Likely taken in 1887 before the widening of Beacon.
Beacon St. between Short Ave. & today's Lancaster Terrace
Looking west on Beacon; property of John M. Clark, house in the distance
Corey Hill from Beacon St.
Beacon St.. & Brandon Hall, 1903
Brandon Hall, Beacon St., 1912
1560 Beacon St.
Built in 1892 for Benjamin Lombard Jr., a banker and real estate executive. The Lombards moved to 349 Coomonwealth Ave. circa 1905 and King Gilette, the inventor of the modern razor blade, bought the house circa 1907 and lived there until 1913. The house was torn down in 1944.
1575 Beacon St., March 1921
[Source: Olmsted]
Virginia Aiken and Babcock Electrics, circa 1912
Virginia Elsie Aiken is pictured in front of the Hotel Beaconsfield, 1731 Beacon St., (destroyed by fire in 1966) driving one of the demonstration cars for Babcock Electric, a firm that first employed her as a teenager. Born in 1895, she moved from Chicago to Brookline, around the age of 16, and attended the Runkle School.

She lived with her father's sister Viola and Viola's husband, Day Baker, first at 145 Winthrop Road then at 33 Dwight St. Her uncle was the New England representative for the General Vehicle Co. (Buffalo, NY) and head of the Electric Vehicle Club of Boston. Remarkably, while still at the Runkle School, Virginia assumed the position of New England representative of the Buffalo-based Babcock Electric Carriage Company, responsible for sales throughout the six-state region. Aiken operated out of the Brandon Garage at 643 Washington Street, where she maintained an office, employed a stenographer and a bookkeeper, and kept several models of Babcock Electrics to demonstrate to prospective buyers.

Extensive details are avalable at Muddy River Musings.
Beacon St., 1912
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