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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sarah A Mellen House, Beacon St.
Beacon St. going west to the left. Winchester St. to the left after the house. Summit Ave. can be see in the background.near the top of Corey Hill.
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Brookline Village
30 Stearns Rd.
House of Alexander Stoddard Jenney. Rear of apartment buildings on Longwood Ave. visible on the left.
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30 Stearns Rd.
House of Alexander Stoddard Jenney
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35 Heath St.
House of Francs Cabot, no longer standing
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60 Harvard Ave., March 1914
House of Harold Bowditch, still standing.
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44 Harvard Ave., March 1914
House of Frank W. Burdett, no longer standing.
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161 Harvard St.
House of Edward C. Wilson
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87 and 91 Harvard St., 1903
The intersection with Aspinwall Ave. is between the two buildings. On the right is the pharmacy of A. W. Bowker at 87 Harvard St.., building still standing. On the left is the hairdressing shop of J. C. Barthelmes at 91 Harvard St., building no longer standing.
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Unidentified Street
From the estate of Dorothy Wadman, labeled as a street in Brookline
Unidentified Park View 2
From the estate of Dorothy Wadman (right), labeled as a park in Brookline
Unidentified Park View 1
From the estate of Dorothy Wadman (right), labeled as a park in Brookline
Unidentified House
From the estate of Dorothy Wadman, labeled as a house in Brookline
#91, 93 Washington St., Circa 1900
From left to right:
::: Pearl St.
::: 93 Washington St., Benjamin F. Baker, Sign Painter
::: 91 Washington St., Thomas Nagle, horse shoeing and Carriage Work. Thomas Nagle emigrated from Ireland in 1872, married in Brookline in 1874, and opened his shop here circa 1876. Visible on the front of the stable is a sign for his son, Luke T. Nagle, who became a veterinarian circa 1899.
::: Visible high on the hill in the rear is the mansard-roofed house that still stands at 49 Kent St.
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36 Monmouth St.
The house of the John Wales family from circa 1879 until shortly after his death in 1900, no longer standing. Located on the northwest corner of Carlton St. which is just to the right in the photo. One of the two cement posts that bracket the driveway, visible in the photo, remains today. John Wales was the president of the John Wales & Co., a Boston firm that distributed small-form steel products (screws, springs, wire, brackets etc.).
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