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Video: The Farm Prior to Redevelopment, circa 1958
This film was created by the Brookline Redevelopment Authority to promote the replacement of the neighborhood known as “The Farm”. The film shows both exterior and interior scenes intended as a counterpoint to the new housing units of the Brookline Housing Authority, notably the one on nearby High Street built in 1948-49, designed by Richmond & Goldberg.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Cora Lyman (1862 - 1873)
The Lymans lived in a mansion at the end of a long driveway at 105 Heath St. Cora, their daughter, died at age eleven while overseas in The Hague. She had been adored by the Codman children who lived nearby and when the Codmans' new baby sister arrived a year after Cora’s death, they asked that she be named after Cora.

From "Random Recollections, Vol. 2" by Cora Codman
Aerial View, Larz Anderson Park Northward
Locations by clock position:
  • [2:30] Larz Anderson estate
  • [3:30] Pond St.
  • [8:30] Mt. Walley Ave.
  • [11:00] The Country Club horse-racing track

[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
U. S. Army Influenza Epidemic Camp, 1918
Top of Summit Ave., looking north.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
U. S. Army Influenza Epidemic Camp, 1918
Top of Summit Ave., looking north. The house at 186 Summit Ave., still standing, is in the rear.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
U. S. Army Influenza Epidemic Camp, October, 1918
[Source: National Archives]
U. S. Army Influenza Epidemic Camp, September 24, 1918
Top of Summit Ave., looking northeast toward Harvard St.
[Source: National Archives]
U. S. Army Influenza Epidemic Camp, September 24, 1918
Top of Summit Ave., looking north to the left. In the upper right is 141 Summit Ave., no longer standing.
[Source: National Archives]
77 Warren St.
Looking north from 116 Warren, no longer standing.
[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
White Place, Brookline Village, circa 1885
This photo of White Place was taken by well-known photographer James Wallace Black before the late-1885 elevation of the road to meet the Washington Street bridge. 1885 saw contentious town meetings on how best to integrate White Place, then a private roadway which ran underneath the bridge, into the town’s planned widening of the bridge. It was decided to first elevate White Place to meet the existing bridge and the proceed with the expansion of the bridge and Washington St. Several of the homes viewed here were raised and remain standing today much as they appear in this photograph. From left to right:
  • “Halfenstine Tailor”. Adam Halfenstein emigrated from Prussia in 1847 and changed the family name to Halfenstine. It is not known if the current structure located at #2 White Place was constructed from the tailor’s store.
  • #10 White Place, the Halfenstine house.
  • #13/15 White Place
  • #11 White Place
  • #9 White Place
  • #190 Washington St., rear. The building had several folds to conform to the slant of the road.

[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Brookline Village, January 9, 1922
Looking north on Harvard St. from Kent St. Photo by Henry A. Varney, Brookline town engineer.
  • On the left is the smaller tower of the Baptist Church on the southwest corner with Pierce St., no longer standing
  • In the far distance is the steeple of St. Mary's Church of the Assumption, still standing
  • In the immediate foreground is the First National Bank building, #1-5 Harvard St., still standing
  • Following the bank building is the building at #7–15 Harvard St. Seen are the signs for Wallace Ozon, dentist at #7 and Jennie Wilson, milliner, at #9. Still standing.

[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Devotion School, Class Photo
[Source: Hudson Scanning]
Aspinwall Ave., circa 1888
The south side of Aspinwall Ave. with Toxteth St. just to the right. From left to right:
  • [#193] Partial view
  • [#189]
  • [#183] The wooden plank over the front steps, presumably for the carpenters, and the for-sale sign indicate that the house is just being finished. It was sold in September, 1888
  • [#179] An empty plot, the house will be built in 1891
  • An out building is visible on Brook St.

[Source: Brookline Preservation Department]
Lower Washington St.
Looking south from Brookline Ave. Obscured by the truck is the entrance to Walter Ave.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Village Square, December 12, 1934
[Source: Leo Sullivan]
Lower Washington St. August, 1933
Looking east from the Village Square
[Source: Leo Sullivan]
Aerial View, Southeast Brookline, 1925
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Aerial View, Longwood Area, 1925
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
View of Hawes St.
Looking from the Boston side of the Emerald Necklace at the townhouses at 5-11 Hawes St.
[Source: Olmsted]
Netherlands Rd. Bridge, Muddy River, 1901
Looking northwest at the carriage-house roof and rear of the house at 203 Kent St. with the rear of 217 Kent St. to the right.
[Source: Olmsted]
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