Streets of Brookline

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Harvard Square, Brookline Village, Circa 1908
The majority of the structures in this photo are still standing. From left to right:
  • Rhodes Bros., Groceries and Provisions, which opened at the very end of 1905. This building, which still stands today, replaced the Harvard Hall Building which, following a contentious struggle with the town, was taken down after being downsized to accommodate the widening of Harvard St. Rhodes Bros. remained there until World War II.
  • Cast-iron watering stand for horses, with a lower rim for dogs, manufactured by Henry F. Jenks. More information
  • The horse of the cheese-delivery wagon drinking from the fountain.
  • The steeple of the Baptist Church, later the First Presbyterian Church, directly behind Rhodes Bros. It burned on New Year's Eve 1960-61
  • The steeple of St. Mary’s church
  • Woman exiting and woman entering the trolley car
  • The National Bank building
  • The Woman's Exchange, the one-story building at 5 Harvard Sq. Woman's Exchanges were part of a movement that enabled impoverished women to sell their wares in consignment stores whose organizations were run by women.
  • The doorway at #2 Harvard Sq. leading to a rooming house called Somerset House. The sign announces Board and Room By Day or Week, Single Meals
  • James Rooney Boots & Shoes at #1 Harvard Sq.

From the collection of Joel Shield