Brookline Historical Society
Help Us Solve This Mystery!
1018 Beacon St., 1917
1018 Beacon St., Today
This brownstone, now painted white, stands alone today at 1018 Beacon St. in the middle of one-story retail stores. Ever notice how odd this seems and how it came to be that this lonely sentinel stands there? The Brookline Historical Society is wondering the same thing and wants to know if you can help us discover how and when this happened. Please join the discussion on our Facebook page and lets's see if we can crowd-source some answers!
1018 Beacon St., 1921
[Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Our interest was piqued by this photo, taken in 1921 by the Olmsted Brothers' landscape design firm. In it, left to right, are the house at #1032 (no longer standing); #1022, The Ginter Co., groceries (still standing, housing the Wine Press); #1020, the first brownstone (no longer standing); #1018, the only brownstone still standing; and numbers 1016, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 which have all disappeared.
Welcome to the Brookline Historical Society
The Brookline Historical Society is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Brookline's diverse history. The society's headquarters are located in the heart of Coolidge Corner at the Edward Devotion House, one of Brookline's oldest colonial period structures. The Society also maintains the circa 1780 Widow Harris House as well as the Putterham School located in Larz Anderson Park. Our membership program is active and volunteers are welcome.
Brookline Village, Harvard Sq.

We invite you to browse our growing online collection of over 650 historic photos, postcards, atlases and more.
Virtual Walking Tour
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Brookline's rich history can now take a virtual walking tour of the town via our new online map. The map presents pictures and descriptions (with links for more information) about homes, commercial buildings, churches and synagogues, schools, neighborhoods, parks, and other parts of the town.

Most of the sites marked on the map are in Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Longwood, and the area around the First Parish Church and the old Village Green. Other sites and other areas of Brookline are being added, helping to bring to light stories behind familiar and not-so-familiar places in town.
President Ken Liss Blogs on Brookline Past & Present
1898: Devotion House Saved from the Flames
One-hundred and nineteen years ago today (June 19, 1898) sparks from a barn fire across Harvard Street threatened the Edward Devotion House in Coolidge Corner. Firefighters were able to douse the flames, saving the then 158-year old house, one of the oldest in town. The fire began in the new barn on... full blog at