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Lower Washington St., Looking West from the Boston Border, December 1915
Foreground left, left to right: entrances to Pond Ave., Villa Lane, Walter Ave., the begining of today's Brook House expanse. Foreground right, right to left: houses from #5 - 27 Washington St. followed by th entrance of Brookline Ave.
[Source: Olmsted]
Lower Washington St.,Looking East to the Boston Border, December 1916
Brookline Ave. entering mid-left.
[Source: Olmsted]
Brookline Village, Lower Washington St.
North Side of lower Washington St. between Brookline Ave and Pearl St. Benjamin Baker, painter, #93; Thomas Nagle, shoer and carriage work, #91.
Lyceum Hall Building, Lower Washington St., circa 1904
The Lyceum Hall, a longtime landmark on Lower Washington St., housed the Lyceum Pharmacy at #113 and the Lyceum Cafe at #111. The entrance to the business of J. H. Maher, carriage and harness manufacturer, was in the middle of those two establishments, oddly numbered as #107. James W. Clattenburgh ran his coal delivery business in the back of #107 and he lived next door at #105.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Lower Washington St., 1914
1914 photo by L. F. Foster, Boston.
Lower Washington St. , Brookline Village
North Side of lower Washington St. Pearl St. is in between Benjamin Baker, sign and house painter, #93, on the right; #97 on the left.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Relocation of the Village Brook. Walnut St. (Present Day) & Washington St.
Looking east on lower Washington St. toward Huntington Ave, Boston. Present day Walnut St. shown feeding in on the right.

Tom Condon, Sr. Civil Engineer for Brookline writes:
The work shown is part of the relocation of the outlet of the Village Brook. …(in the pile of lumber in the background you can see a piece of the curved falsework used to hold the brick arch until the cement mortar set.). Leverett Pond was created from the Muddy River marsh located just south of Washington Street by installing a stop plank manhole (in effect an adjustable height dam) in the new culvert under Washington Street. This stop plank manhole was necessary to hold back the pond since the Charles and therefore the Muddy Rivers were still tidal at that time. Presumably, Alexis French (who was both Olmsted's engineer and the Town Engineer) determined that more flow into this new pond was necessary. To provide this additional flow, the Village Brook which flows alongside what is now the MBTA "D" line was diverted into the culvert shown under construction. The culvert runs east down Washington Street, crosses Walnut Street, runs down Morss Avenue (now discontinued), across Pond Avenue and into Leverett Pond.
Brookline Village, Washington St. Looking West toward Link With Boylston St.
Walnut St. off photo left foreground; Guild Block building on the distant right, where Washington St. curves right, to the northwest.
Brookline Village, 1885
Looking west on lower Washington St. toward the start of Boylston St. Guild Block building in the center.
Brookline Village, 1905
Looking west on lower Washington St. to start of Boylston St.
Sing Lee Chinese Laundry, Lower Washington St., circa 1891
Just east of the intersection of High St. and Boylston, next to Hose House #1. Torn down before 1908 for the construction of the present day firehouse. Orignally numbered 66 before renumbering of Washington St.
1) Note the "Employment Office" sign by the entrance to the stairs next door at #68. This was likely the office of Mrs. Benjamin Hill. Brokers like this were often the source of servants for the wealthy households of Brookline.
2) Note the "Board Rooms" sign on the second floor. Listed in the city directory as boarders at that address are Thomas Steward, hairdresser and Joseph Hartnett, carriage painter, who worked at Michael Quinlan’s carriage factory one block away at the southwest corner of High St. and Boylston St.
3) Note the "Ladies Pompadours Cut and Curled" sign to the left at the hair salon next door.
Hose #1 House, Lower Washington St., Brookline Village, circa 1905
Formerly Good Intent Hose Company. Note mural in middle of façade.
Lower Washington St., Brookline Village, circa 1905
The businesses viewed here, along the south side of Lower Washington St., were together at this location from 1904 - 1906. They, along with the old Hose House #1, were demolished 1907-8. The current smaller location hosts the replacement fire station, still in use today, which opened in 1909. Note the man with his wheeled bucket, center photo, presumably scooping up horse droppings. Viewed from left to right:
-An enigmatic sign over the alleyway that seems to advertise a shooting gallery.
-A “boot black” store sharing #126 Washington St. with William Frawley, shoemaker
-C. E. Riley, Cigars at #128 Washington St.
-George W. Rix, Provisions and Transfer Market (awning) #132 Washington St.
-Sing Lee, laundry, who was at #134 Washington St. for over 20 years
-Hose House #1 and Chemical Engine #1 at #140 Washington St.
-P. J. Burns, Horse Shoe Forge at #152 Washington St.
Memorial Day, 1923; Lower Washington St., Brookline Village
The Stephen F. Rutledge V.F.W Post #864. P. H. Tonra, Commander. Lower Washington St., Brookline Village. Stores are no longer standing. Current fire house visible, right rear. Edward Moloney is standing under the "JT Driscoll Plumbing" sign, he is the one in a hat instead of a helmet.
Brookline Village. Horsecar at Morss Ave & Walnut St. Stable, 1893
Last remaining horsecar; first one built in 1859. Morss Ave. has been replaced by the Brook House..
Brookline Village. South of Lower Washington St. by Morss Ave.
"Brookline House". Delivery of bottles on wagon.
Lower Washington St., North Side, December 23, 1915
Looking west. Foreground left: W.P. Whittemore Co., Hay and Grain, 92 Washington St.; Roeder's Lunch Dairy, in the corner building, 104 Washington St.
[Source: Olmsted]
Good Intent Hose Company, Lower Washington St., Brookline Village
Start of Boylston St. to the right going west; lower Washington St. toward Boston to the left. Built in 1870. Forerunner of Hose House #1.

From stereoscope. "Engine and Hose House, Brookline. E.R. Hills, Photographer, Brookline Mass.” Gift of Natick Historical Society.
Hose House #1, Brookline Village, 1891
Decorated, in a deliberately macabre fashion, for the annual Horribles Parade, 7/4/1891, for which it won the best-decorated building town prize.
Washington St., North Side, December 23, 1915
Background buildings, left to right: Carl Astrom, photographer, #129; upper window of George Rozantes, fruit stand, #121; #115; Lyceum Hall Pharmacy, #111; Mack's Café, #107; David Lynch residence, small brick building, #105; Arthur Caulfield, insurance and real estate, #103.
[Source: Olmsted]
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