Brookline Historical Society
The Farm

The Farm, 1958
Viewed from Parker Hill.
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"The Farm", 1958, Piror to Urban Redevelopment
Most of the center of the photo was razed in the early 1960s as part of an urban renewal program. The core area was known as "The Farm".
28 Flora St.
Razed for the Brook House complex.
Juniper St. Horse Car Stables
Juniper St. looking north toward Morss Ave. The brick structure was the stable for the horses of the West End Street Railway Co. The second floor openings are for hay.
Walnut St. and Morss Ave.
Occupied at the time of this photo by the Brookline Riding Academy at #2 and #4 Walnut St, this building was first erected in 1875 by the Metropolitan Railway Co. to house the horse-drawn cars servicing the Brookline-Roxbury Crossing-Tremont House line. It was closed as a car house in December, 1894, with the move to new electrified routes, and demolished in 1918.
Brookline Village Car House of the West End Railway Co.
#2 Walnut St, the car house of the West End Street Railway Co. The building was first erected in 1875 by the Metropolitan Railway Co. to house the horse-drawn cars servicing the Brookline-Roxbury Crossing-Tremont House line. It was closed as a car house in December, 1894, with the move to new electrified routes, and demolished in 1937.
10-12 Morss Ave.
Lower Washington St. is to the left.
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14 - 20 Morss Ave.
Looking north from Juniper St. at the boarding houses of 14, 16, 18, 20 Morss Ave.
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48 Morss Ave.
Villa Lane going north is on the left. On the right is the vacant lot on the northeast corner of Villa Lane and Morss Ave., formerly 46 Morss Ave, followed by 48 Morss Ave. and a partial view of the side of 185 Pond Ave.
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Pond Ave.
First dwelling south of Lower Washington St., address TBD.
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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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Pond Ave.
Left to right: 177, 173, 165
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185 and 177 Pond Ave.
Morss Ave. on the left going to Lower Washington St.
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22, 26 Villa Lane
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33 Villa Lane
25 Villa Lane is to the right and 28 Walter Ave. is in the rear. Villa Lane was a two-block street originating at Lower Washington St. and running parallel to Pond Ave., one block to the west. It was part of the area known as “The Farm” that was almost entirely populated by people of Irish descent. It was completely leveled for today’s Brook House apartment complex.
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5 and 7 Village Lane
Brookline Friendly Society building in the rear. Neither still standing.
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Boston Friendly Society, 10 Walter St.
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Walter Ave.
Left to right: #63, 59, 57, 55, viewed from Parson's Playground. All razed for the Brook House complex.
Walter Ave.
Looking up Walter Ave. toward Flora St. Near the end of the street on the left is the Parson School which may explain all the children in the photo. The photo appeared in a publication about the Brookline Friendly Society whose main building was at 10 Walter Ave. From left to right:
  • 38 Walter Ave. on the southeast corner with Morss Ave.
  • 42 Walter Ave.
  • 44 Walter Ave.
  • 46 Walter Ave.
  • 50 Walter Ave.
  • 50 Walter Ave.
  • Large open space for the Parson School
  • 68 Walter Ave. On the northeast corner with Flora St.
  • 24 Flora St.

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68 Walter Ave.
Flora St. to the right. All razed for the Brook House complex.
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