Brookline Historical Society
Brookline Village

Punch Bowl Tavern
Located on the north side of today’s Lower Washington St. at approximately Pearl St. Walnut St. is viewed on the left. This painting is good depiction of early Brookline before the Village became a commercial center. The tavern was a meeting place for British soldiers before the Revolutionary War and when Boylston St., then the Worcester Turnpike, was created in 1806, it became a stage coach stop. The tavern was torn down in 1833 and its timbers were purportedly used in the construction of several houses on White Place.

The painting is by Richard W. Rourke and it was formerly in the collection of the First National Bank: of Boston.
Brookline Village, View From Parker Hill
From Postcard
Brookline Village, View From Parker Hill, 1854
From Gleason's Magazine.
Brookline Village, View From Parker Hill, circa 1874
[Far right to center] Boston's Huntington Ave. (then called Tremont St.); behind it, also running right to left, is Brookline Ave.
[Center-left towards upper left]] Lower Washington St. heads toward Brookline Village. Housing is dense on the north side; the area on the south side known as The Farm, site of today's Brook House, is still predominantly open land.
[Center-left rear] the massive former Town Hall
[Center-right rear] Summit Ave. can be seen going to the top of Corey Hill
Brookline Village, Eastern Border at Huntington Ave, Boston
Looking northwest from Parker Hill.
[Foreground, large angled road] Today's South Huntington Ave. (Boston)
[Center photo from left to right] Boston's Huntington Ave. (formerly Tremont St.) transitioning to Brookline's Washington St.
[Center photo, right side] Houses on Boston's Huntington Ave. (formerly Tremont St.) and Downer St.
[ Center photo, left side] Brookline’s Pond Ave. enters lower Washington St
Houses on Boston Border, Viewed from Brookline
Standing in Brookline on Pond Ave. looking at houses on the northern side of Boston's Huntington Ave (then-named Tremont St.). Transition to Brookline's Washington St. off-photo left. Entrance to Boston's Downer St. is photo center left. Muddy River culvert foreground right.
Lower Washington St. at the Boston Line, circa 1909
View From Parker Hill. Brookline Hills in the background. At the extreme left in the center of the photo are the two matching apartment buildings that are located at 165 Pond Ave. (front) and 19 Villa Lane (rear). The large black gasometer tank of the Boston Consolidated Gas Co. is in the middle left and the small white house in front of it is located at 19 Villa Lane.
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.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Pond Ave.
Leverett Pond. Rear, right to left: Washington St. goes from the Boston border over the visible stone bridge toward Brookline Village. Left: 7 houses along Pond Ave bisected by Morss Ave., all replaced by the Brook House apartments.
[Source: Smithsonian]
Brookline Ave, December 1916
Looking south. Park Avenue Terrace on the left. Pearl St. on the right in the foreground. Washington St. is visible in the far distance.
[Source: Olmsted]
Brookline Coal Co., 40 Pearl St.
The north side of Pearl St. abuts the railroad tracks, today's "D" line, on the east end of Brookline Village.
Brookline Ave., Looking South, 16-Aug-1928
Pearl St. is foreground right followed by #108 Brookline Ave. Photo by Henry A. Varney, Brookline town engineer.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Brookline Ave. & Park Drive Terrace, December 1916
Rear of 107 and 105 Brookline Ave., no longer standing. Rear, all still standing, left to right: Dutch House, brick apartment buildings on Aspinwall Ave.
[Source: Olmsted]
Brookline Ave, December 1916
Looking south from Pearl St., House on Washington St. is visible in the far distance. Looking from left to right down Brookline Ave.: #101 , a vacant lot fronted by billboards, #77, 75, 71, 65, 59, 55, a vacant lot fronted by billboards, 43, 41, continued to Washington St.
[Source: Olmsted]
101 Brookline Ave. and Vacant Lots, December 1916
Just south of the entrance to Pearl St.
[Source: Olmsted]
Rear of 55 & 59 Brookline Ave, December 1916
No longer standing
[Source: Olmsted]
Brookline Ave. at Washington St.
#7 and #17 at the left. Boston Consolidated Gas Company at the right. Visible center left is 40 Washington St. at the corner of Walter Ave., one of several buildings owned by Thomas Miskell. Walter Ave. no longer exists and was located at the present day entrance to the Brook House complex. At center right is a brick building owned by John Fleming. This account of later plans for the building appeared in the 1921 issue of Automobile Topics.

John F Fleming Plans for Garage That Will Be Managed Operated and Patronized by Women Comfort and Convenience of Patrons Considered

Brookline Mass is to have a garage that will be managed operated and patronized by the fairer sex. Disregarding a certain traditional feminine ineptitude for filings mechanical John F Fleming of Brookline is firmly convinced that the rapidly growing number of women drivers calls for a garage run exclusively by women. In other words not only will all the patrons be women but the establishment will be managed by a woman and there will be women attendants and mechanics throughout even the cab service to be operated in connection with the garage and for its women customers will have women drivers exclusively.

For the woman owner whose only interest in her car is to have it always ready for driving the garage will offer complete service. All she needs to do when she desires to use the car is to telephone the garage. A cab will be sent to her residence for her and when she reaches the garage her car will be ready to drive away. Upon retuming she will leave the car at the garage door and if she wishes have a cab take her home. In the interval between drives the car will be whipped into driving state and will be stored in a private stall.

On the other hand for the woman who likes to take care of her car the garage will offer exceptional attractions. There will be no men about the building so the mechanically bent lady can don overalls and crawl under the car or do any work on it she pleases. There will of course be trained women mechanics to assist her in anything mechanical she does not care to tackle alone.

During the Summer months Fleming plans to fit out the building which is located at 5O Washington street with the most up to date garage equipment and to put into operation a number of original ideas he has for the comfort and convenience of feminine motorists. When it is finished the garage will have the appearance of an automobile club for women with every facility for careful handling of cars and for their maintenance in first class condition. The front of the building will be fitted up as a lounge or waiting room. There will be comfortable chairs and tables desks and also an attractive fireplace.

The garage will accommodate not more than forty cars for it is the intention to allow plenty of space in each stall and no car will be put in front of another so that owners can work around their cars or get into and get out of them without being crowded by other cars. There is a large automobile elevator connecting all floors and there will be telephones all over building connecting with an outside switchboard in the office. On the exterior of building there are to be no signs except those denoting the entrance and exit.

It is Fleming's plan to close the garage fairly early in the evening Patrons who have their cars out late can leave them at his large general garage across the street and they will be taken to their places in the women's garage and cared for early in the morning.
[Source: Olmsted]
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]
Brookline Ave & Washington St (Rt. 9), 1923
Looking east on Washington St. (Rt. 9) toward the Boston line, Brookline Ave. to the left. Huntington Line of the Boston Elevated Railway.
[Source: Joel Shield]
Brookline Village, 1937
Looking west from the Boston border on Lower Washington St. River Road is the first street on the right followed by Brookline Ave just before the sign for Cashman Motor Co.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
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