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Beacon St. Photos, East to West

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]
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..
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: 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
Looking east on Beacon St.
[Source: Iowa State]
Coolidge Corner Shelter
[Source: Iowa State]
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]
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