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Corner, Sewall Ave. and Charles St.
Looking north, post 1915. From left to right:
  • Rear building of the Second Unitarian Society Parish House, 50 Sewall Ave., still standing
  • Second Unitarian Society Parish House, 11 Charles St., built 1916, still standing
  • (center rear) 3 Charles St., built circa 1916, , no longer standing
  • 64 Sewall Ave., no longer standing
  • [Source: Digital Commonwealth]
299 Harvard St.
Site of the Brookline Library reading room from 1916 - 1927., precursor to the library branch a 31 Pleasant St.
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South Side, Lower Washington St., 1905
The stores are bedecked with banners celebrating the bicentennial These buildings were all demolished in 1907-1908 and the current fire station was opened on this site in 1909.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
P. J. Burns, Horse Shoeing, Brookline Village, 1905
South side of Lower Washington St., #144, corner High St. Hose House 1 is partially visible on the left. Right rear, #4 High St. is partially visible. The fire station is showing banners for the 1905 bicentennial. These buildings were all demolished in 1907-1908 and the current fire station was opened on this site in 1909.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
1566 and 1560 Beacon St.
North side of Beacon St. just west of Mason Terrace. The house on the left was built in 1892 and purchased by King Gillette, inventor of the safety razor, in 1907. It was torn down in 1944. The house on the right was designed by well-known architect Arthur VInal and built in 1889. It was acquired circa 1900 by Fred McQuestern who also owned land situated behind the house that fronted on Mason Terrace. In 1903, he moved the house up the hill to its present location at 41 Mason Terrace and constructed an even larger house at 1560 Beacon St. That was torn down in 1967 and replaced with a large apartment building.
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Lower Washington St.
Looking south on Brookline Ave. toward Lower Washington St. To the left is a relatively rare view of Walter Ave., now covered by the Brook House apartment complex. In the middle is the Atlantic Refining Co. at 40 Washington St. To the right is Hinds Hand Laundry, 50 to 60 Washington St. Both businesses first appear in the 1924 town directory and remained for a number of years.
[Source: Historic New England]
Eben Jordan Mansion, 1600 Beacon St.
Beacon St., looking east, is on the right. Eben Jordan, son of one of the two founders of Jordan Marsh, built this mansion in 1890 and lived there until 1897 when he moved into the Beacon Hill house of his parents following their deaths (1895 and 1897). The mansion served as the Choate School (Country Boarding and Day School For Girls) from 1922-1950. The building was torn down in 1955.
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Park St., Corner Beacon St.
Looking at the west side of Park St. with Beacon St. just offscreen to the right. From a stereoview labeled as the Mann house with the signature of an Emma L. Johnson (unidentified). Nehemiah Pittman Mann, Jr. lived here, 1381 Beacon St., from approximately 1869 to 1880. The house at 114 Park St., partially visible to the left, is that of Mann’s father, also named Nehemiah Pittman Mann. The father died in January, 1880 after which the son moved to Cambridge. The estimated date of this photo is between 1880 and 1887.
Beacon St. Looking East, Circa 1913
Several blocks west of Washington Sq., looking east. 1714 and 1712 Beacon St., still standing, are on the far left. This is a fairly unique photo showing the simultaneous use of automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. Note that the eastbound vehicles are using the north side of the road while the carriage is on the adjacent bridle path. Brookline passed an ordinance in 1924 dictating unidirectional traffic flow, restricting the eastbound traffic to the south side of the road (obscured on the right side of the photo).
Auburn Court
Auburn St., near Harvard St.
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, 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]
Houses Along Pond Ave.
Brookline Village is in the distance in the right half. Morss Ave. is entering Pond Ave. on the left. The large round holding tank of the Brookline Gas Light Co. is visible center right.
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Brookline Village, Northwest Corner, Washington St. & Davis Ave.
This building, still standing at 256 Washington St., was constructed in 1889 by the Seamans as a replacement for their two-story wood-framed store. In 1911-12, William Dexter Paine, stationer, moved his store into the building from the longtime location at 239 Washington St. To the right, at 260 Washington St. is the business of Nelson C. Thompson, upholsterer, previously located directly across the street. Steverman & Gibbons, electricians, are at 264 and H. J. Murray, plumber, is at 266 Washington St. These businesses were collectively present here from 1912 to 1917.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
View Northward From The Old Town Hall
Looking north from Harvard Sq. The unifying element of this photo is the path of Harvard St. It runs from the 4 o’clock position on the right (alongside St. Mary’s Church) to the 10 o’clock position on the left (the brick building at 152-158 Harvard St.) where it curves upwards to the steeple of the Harvard Congregational Church at the top of the photo.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Andem Place
Looking south towards Brookline Village. To the right is the rear of the Colonnade buildings. In the background, on the left, is the only known side view of 171-173 Washington St. (at the rear of today’s 10 Brookline Place). In contrast to the ordinary front, the side of the building is embellished along the roof line and with accent pillars down the sides. The large window signs can’t be read but it can be speculated that these features were viewed by the passengers on the railroad that passed right next to the building.
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Brookline Village, Northwest Corner, Washington St. & Davis
Washington St. going north to the right; Davis just off screen on the left. James M. Seamans moved his grocery store, that had been in the lower Village since 1848, to this location in 1865. The Seaman's second floor was used by dancing and singing schools. In 1889, the store was replaced by the four-story brick building that remains today. Martin Kingman maintained a dry goods store next door from 1865 until 1875 when he sold the business to his assistant, Elizabeth Swift.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
41 and 61 Park St., 1890
Left to right: 41 Park St., Auburn St. entering, 61 Park St.
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36 Alton Place
Eliakim Littell, founded Littell’s Living Age, a publication lasting nearly 100 years that reprinted highlights from American and British newspapers. His son, Robert Littell, took over the reins after his death with his sister, Susan Littell, assisting as editor. After Robert died in 1896, the house was purchased by Harry Freeman who tore down the house, created a cross street in its place, named Littell Rd., and built a development of houses.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
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