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Bethany Building, 1918
Washington St. at the junction with Cypress St., School St. to the right. This former church recently ceased its long-time function as the Bethany Sunday School and subsequently

Known as the “Bethany Building”, the church was constructed in 1844 as the first church in Brookline of the newly-organized Harvard Congregational Society. The building was sold in 1873 as the Society prepared to move to a larger structure at the corner of Harvard St. and Marion St. After a brief stint as a Methodist church followed by several additional changes of ownership, the building was acquired in 1887 by the Bethany Sunday School Association which held it for the next twenty years. It saw occasional use in 1917/1918 for the in-season sales of locally-grown farm produce at the Brookline Community Market, before being sold in 1919.The building was torn down in 1928.

Image Courtesy the Brookline Preservation Department