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Brandon Spa, 1473/1475 Beacon St.
To the right is 1477 Beacon St. Both are still standing.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Beacon St. From Carlton St.
Looking at Beacon St. from 79 Carlton St. sometime before 1912 when an apartment building at #1038 Beacon St. was added. From left to right:
  • The circular driveway of 79 Carlton St.
  • Rear of 1032 Beacon St., the house of Josephine Cunniff. No longer standing.
  • The apartment building spanning 1013–1029 Beacon St., still standing.
  • The rear of 68 Monmouth St. and the top of 69 Monmouth St., both still standing.
  • The house at 1041 Beacon St., no longer standing.
  • The rear corner of 71 Carlton St in the foreground, still standing.

[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Carlton St. At Beacon St.
Looking south on Carlton St. from Beacon St. All buildings are still standing. The apartment building on the corner, 1051 Beacon St., has a sign in the window - “Rooms For Rent”.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Beacon St., circa 1920
The inbound side of Beacon St. looking east. From left to right, all buildings still standing:
  • The “Royal” apartment building at 1469 Beacon St.
  • The “Empire” apartment building (entrance obscured) at 1471 Beacon St.
  • The Community Service Kitchen at 1473-75 Beacon St. There are two delivery wagons parked in front.
  • 1477 Beacon St., apartment building. The visible entrance has been replaced by a window and made part of an apartment.
The Community Service Kitchen was opened in June 1919 by two young Newton brothers-in-law: Guy E. Wyatt and Roger A. Wheeler, both 23. Wyatt had been in the leather business and Wheeler had left Columbia University to serve in the ambulance corps in World War I. (He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for his role in rescuing wounded French soldiers while under fire.) Initially operating solely as a business that prepared and delivered full meals to customers, it expanded two months after opening to #1475, adding an eat-in restaurant. Despite adopting a name more apt to describe a "soup kitchen", Wyatt and Wheeler targeted middle- and upper-class women in Brookline, Newton, and the Back Bay. It’s advertising read: “Dine at home or dine with us. Announcing Brookline’s newest restaurant. A quiet refined home-like dining room.”
[Source: Massachusetts Historical Society]
Beacon St. Looking West From Corey Rd., 1896
The first street on the right is Kilsyth Rd. followed by Englewood Ave. and Strathmore Rd. Only the building at 1874-1880 Beacon St. with the most distant tower remains.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
73 Gardner Rd.
Standing on Gardner Rd. looking up at Wintrhop Rd. Replaced the William Aspinwall house. No longer standing.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
The Wild House, Washington St., circa 1869
Commonly known as the “Charles Wild House”, photo by Augustine Folsom. Dr. Charles Wild, the well-known town physician, owned the house until his death in 1864. It was then briefly owned by William Lincoln before being purchased by Stephen Dexter Bennett circa 1868. It was originally addressed as 446 Washington St. and it is now 26 Weybridge Rd. The house still stands today.

Barely visible sitting under a tree is a young boy who is probably Stephen Howe Bennett, b. Sep 1865.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
The Wild House, Washington St., circa 1869
Commonly known as the “Charles Wild House”, photo by Augustine Folsom. Dr. Charles Wild, the well-known town physician, owned the house until his death in 1864. It was then briefly owned by William Lincoln before being purchased by Stephen Dexter Bennett circa 1868. It was originally addressed as 446 Washington St. and it is now 26 Weybridge Rd. The house still stands today.

The figures shown in the photograph are consistent with Bennett family members and servants. The little girl in the carriage is probably Helen Maud Bennett, b. Oct 1868, and the young boy is probably Stephen Howe Bennett, b. Sep 1865. The women are unidentified – the 1870 census lists two female domestic servants and Helen Francis (Howe) Bennett, Stephen’s wife.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
The Cabot House, 450 Warren St., Circa 1880
The house is still standing, part of a large estate. Shown from left to right (speculative):
  • Eliza Perkins Cabot (1791 – 1885), widow of Samuel Cabot and owner of the house
  • George Edward Cabot (1861-1946), son of Samuel Cabot Jr. and grandson of Eliza Perkins Cabot
  • ”Nanny”, the family nurse.
  • William Robinson Cabot (1853-1907), son of Samuel Cabot Jr. and grandson of Eliza Perkins Cabot. He was living at the house at the time.

[Source: Historic New England]
35 Heath St.
House of Francs Cabot, no longer standing
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Parsons School Gardens, 1903
Looking toward Pond Ave., Allerton St. is on the right. The gardens were part of a town-wide program to enhance the learning experience of students. As with the Lincoln and Sewall schools, the gardens were planted on land loaned by private landowners. In this case, the land was loaned by the Brookline Riverdale Land Association.

In a serendipitous coincidence, the photo includes the only known view of a street-sprinkling wagon being filled with water. The cart was operated by Chester W. Reed who had a contract with the town to water the dirt roads. The water-feeder pole can be viewed by the middle section of the wagon.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Parsons School Gardens, 1903
Looking west toward Allerton St. from the northwest corner with Pond Ave. On the right, the side of 58 Allerton St., later the house of famed singer Roland Hayes, is viewed. On the left is the rear of 4 Hawthorn Rd., both houses are still standing.

The gardens were part of a town-wide program to enhance the learning experience of students. As with the Lincoln and Sewall schools, the gardens were planted on land loaned by private landowners. In this case, the land was loaned by the Brookline Riverdale Land Association.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Shurtleff House, Boylston St.
Roughly located at 269 Boylston St. near the NE cprner with Cypress St. In a 1903 publication of the Historical Society entitled “Recollections of Brookline”, Mary W. Poor (daughter of Rev. John Pierce) wrote:

“Some of the more public-spirited of Brookline's citizens aspired to have an elegant and attractive school in which their sons could be fitted for college. I believe Mr. Richard Sullivan was one of the most active in carrying out this scheme. A structure worthy of beautiful Brookline was the result. It was built in 1820 and was modeled from a Greek temple, with Doric pillars, and was considered perfect as a work of art. It was commonly called the ‘Classical School.’ Well do I remember going to an exhibition in that school when a very young child… The surroundings of this classic hall were lovely. Just behind it was the sweet spot since called ‘Brignal Banks’ on the shore of the brook already described as the ‘New Lane’ brook. Some time after, a Mr. Hubbard bought this schoolhouse and built directly behind it a boarding house and in front of it a wooden gymnasium, the first ever heard of in these regions. Years after, Dr. Shurtleff bought the house and used the gymnasium, which had been moved to the south of the house, for a stable. The dear old classical school became his drawing room. The change greatly detracted from the beauty of this gem of architecture as viewed from the street, but it was a fine drawing room. “
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
20 Walter Ave.
Boston Globe, October 21, 1963. Viewed from the rear. One of the last houses remaining to be demolished as part of The Farm Redevelopment Project. In the distance the new housing for displaced residents can be viewed, all still standing.
[Source: Northeastern University, Boston Globe Library]
Village Lane
Looking from Walnut St.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Walter Ave., Corner with Morss Ave.
Looking from Morss Ave. On the far left is 24 Walter Ave. On the corner is 26 Walter Ave. On the right is 33 Villa Lane.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
19 Villa Lane
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Village Lane
left to right: #13, #9. #7 (partial view)
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Trolley, Brookline Ave.
Looking northeast. At the immediate left is 615 Brookline Ave. at the corner of Pearl St. Robert Winthrop School is on the other side of Pearl St.
Aerial Photo, The Country Club Area, 1930
Newton St. runs left to right. Partial view of the Larz Anderson estate on the right.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
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