Brookline Historical Society
Photo Collection

Coolidge Corner, 1913
Coolidge Corner
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Coolidge Corner, 1915(?)
Coolidge Corner, 1917
Coolidge Corner
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Three-car Train on Today's C
Seen here traveling east in Coolidge Corner, these cars were manufactured as part of a group of center-entrance cars, numbered from 6100 to 6299, that were introduced in1919/20. They were reduced in service by the late 1930s but briefly returned to service during periods of increased demand during World War Two.
Coolidge Corner
[Source: Olmsted]
Coolidge Corner, Coolidge & Brother Store, 1887
Going east on Beacon to the right. Hay barn on the left, horse drinking at the watering fountain to the right.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Coolidge Corner
The identifiable stores were collectively present from 1909 to 1912. From left to right:
  • 1340 Beacon St., J. G. Miller, Fruit, a partial view
  • 1338 Beacon St., David Quinn, Florist
  • 1330 Beacon St., Brookline Art Union, Photographers; oddly numbered for its position
  • 1334 Post Office
  • 1330 Beacon St., entrance to Whitney Hall
  • 1324 Beacon St., S. S. Pierce

[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Coolidge Corner, Circa 1913
A number of To Let signs can be seen in the store windows on the left. It can be deduced that the building, replacing the previous building that was destroyed by fire in January 1913, has recently opened. The storefront, where this brown-brick building joins with the Pierce Building to its right, has the window letttering for the real estate firm of Harold G. King, at 1336 Beacon.
[Source: Historic New England]
Coolidge Corner, Circa 1920
Storefronts visible on the north side of Beacon St. include two businesses that were likely initial tenants in the newly-constucted (1913) building known as the "Pierce Block": the Stone Bros. at #1340 and A. M. Johnstone, tailor, at #1348. McElroy Bros. Real Estate, at 1352 Beacon, is first listed in the town directory of 1920. At the extreme left of the photo are the trailing letters from the sign of Simon's Shoe & Boot Shop, which opened in 1916 at #1350 and expanded in 1923 to include #1354 Beacon.

On the south side of Beacon, the third car from the left is identified as a Dodge Brothers Model Touring car, a model first introduced in 1914 and manufactured into the 1920s.

Visible on the northeast corner of Beacon and Harvard are Harvard Taxi, Poulin Bros. and Rexall.
[Source: Historic New England]
Coolidge Corner, 1937
Coolidge Corner, 1940s
Beacon St. Looking West From Coolidge Corner, 1887
Water trough is at corner of Harvard St. in front of the Coolidge & Brother Store; Andrew J. Harrington house is across the street on the right, it was later moved to Longwood Ave. after the widening of Beacon St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Andrew J. Harrington House
Beacon St. midway between Harvard St. and Webster Ave. at about #1339. House was later moved to Longwood Ave. after the widening of Beacon St. Steeple of the Harvard Congregational Church visible in upper right.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Joel Shield]
1339 Beacon St.
House of Dr. J. Herbert Moore, built in 1901. The house was later bought by Ernest B. Dane, torn down, and the Brookline Trust Co. building erected, which still stands.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Harvard St. 367-375 ,1910
Corner of Beals St. The Dutch-design influenced #373, along with #375 (on the right), were built in 1899; designed by architect Walter Kilham.
Harvard St. at Babcock St., circa 1912
Looking south toward Coolidge Corner. Babcock St. foreground left.
Harvard St. at Babcock St., 1936
Looking south from Babcock St.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
308 Harvard. St.
Still standing.From left to right:
  • The Kirby Co. Plumbing and Heating, 308 Harvard St. on the side of the building
  • Carroll Cut-rate Perfumer, 310A Harvard
  • Marvel System Beauty Shop, 312 Harvard
  • Mills Gents Furnishings, 312A Harvard

[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
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