Brookline Historical Society
Photo Collection

Harvard St. near Allston Border, Early 1900s
Looking NE from Corey Hill. Harvard St. bisects the photo from left to right. Below Harvard St., center left, is Kenwood St. and center right is Columbia St., both newly created. Above Harvard St., in the center of the photo, is the large house on the estate of James F. Ayer. Bordering the estate on the right, is Thorndike St.
[Source: Iowa State]
S. S. Pierce Building, February 5, 1927
Looking at the S. S. Pierce building from Green St. Visible at 276 Harvard St. is Frey's Hairdressing Parlors, run by Louisa Frey and later by her son, Douglas C. Frey. The shop had recently moved from across the street and remained there into the 1940s.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Coolidge Corner Universalist Church
Built 1906; Coolidge Corner Theater today
Harvard St.
Shown is the building that today houses a movie theater. On the left, at #284 Harvard St. is the delivery wagon of the Samuel Buxbaum provisions store. The store was a family affair with several of his children working there. In the center is the Beacon Universalist Church. On the right, at #290 Harvard St. is the shop of Louis White, tailor.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Harvard St., August 22, 1918
Looking north, photo probably taken by Henry A. Varney, the town engineer. From left to right:
  • #286: Beacon Universalist Church, currently in use as a movie theater
  • #290 (at the corner of the Beacon building): Louis White, tailor
  • A rare view of the newly constructed building at 294-300 Harvard St. that replaced a family house there in 1915. This ornate-appearing building was demolished in 1926 and replaced with the one-story structure that is there today.
  • #294: The large sign for the "Coolidge Corner Bowling Alley" which opened in April 1916
  • #296: Carlow and Sullivan, Hardware
  • The large “Bowling ” sign cannot be sourced.

[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Harvard St., Coolidge Corner, February 5, 1927
From left to right:
::284 Harvard St. – S. Buxbaum & Co. Provisions
::286 Harvard St. – Beacon Universalist Church
::288 Harvard St. – M. Malmrose, Printing and Coolidge Corner Moving
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Green St., Coolidge Corner, February 5, 1927
Looking down Green St. from Harvard St. Gurley’s Bakery on the corner. The two boys are delivering the February 5, 1927 issue of Liberty Magazine (a copy is partially visible held under an arm).
[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.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Harvard St. Stores
West side, Coolidge Corner to the left
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Babcock Hill, circa 1900
Viewed from Babcock St.; top of Summit Ave. in the distance; houses on Naples Rd to the right; Rear of the Gallagher house (still stands) on the left which faces Devotion St. across from the old Devotion firehouse. Babcock Hill was leveled to fill in Babcock Pond making way for new developments.
Green St., 1924
Standing at newly-constructed 59 Green St. looking toward Harvard St. The pillars of 55 Green St., still standing, are visible on the left followed by the rear of a house on John St. which had not yet been extended to the right over to Babcock St. Photo by town engineer, Henry A. Varney.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Green St., March 1933
Looking toward Dwight St.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Devotion St. Engine House
Looking south from Babcock Pond toward Devotion St. behind the Devotion School. Gallagher house mid-left photo; Charles Stearns house far left. Babcock Pond was part of a creek system flowing south from Commonwealth Ave. and was filled in
Devotion St. Engine House
Devotion St. Engine House
Engine #2, later moved to Washington Sq. Firehouse
Edward Devotion House, Harvard St.
One of the oldest colonial structures in Brookline, owned and operated by the Historical Society. Constructed in its present state in 1740 with parts dating from 1680.
Edward Devotion House, Harvard St
Edward Devotion House Rear, 1904
Edward Devotion House
347 Harvard St. Shown before the development of the Babcock Pond area and the 1898 erection of the left wing of the Devotion School and with the barn is still standing. Fencing around the old creek is visible in the rear.
[Source: Historic New England]
Beacon St.East of Webster Ave., Glidden W. Joy House, 1887
Andrew J. Harrington hose on the left, William Coolidge house on the right.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Joel Shield]
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