Brookline Historical Society
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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]
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, circa 1908
Washington St. in foreground coming from Huntington Ave. Boston, looking west to Boylston St. Hose House #1 and adjacent buildings torn down. New station completed in 1908 and is still in use today.
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, 1909
Trolley station not yet evident.

From postcard mailed October 8, 1909 by Katie, 150 Cypress St. Brookline
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, 1909
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, circa 1910
Trolley station erected. Small bushes planted on side of station.
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, 1912
Bushes are larger.
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village
The 1909 Knox chemical and hose wagon, the first motorized fire-fighting vehicle purchased by the town.It was known as "Combination A" and ushered in the end of the horse-drawn era.
Brookline Village, circa 1910
Fire station #1 and the new trolley island
Brookline Village, circa 1910
Washington St, looking west toward Boylston St.
Brookline Village, 1920
Looking west on Washington St. toward the start of Boylston St.

Village Square, where Washington Street met today's Route 9, was the commercial center of Brookline from the 1840s until after the Civil War. Most of its commercial and residential buildings were replaced by office buildings during the urban renewal of the 1960s. Pictured here are the still existant 1908 fire station and the transfer stations of the Boston Elevated Railway. The rail route was replaced by a bus line in the 1930s, and the rails were removed for scrap steel during World War II.
Brookline Village
High St. Corner, Brookline Village, circa 1905
Standing on today's Rt.9. To the left is the corner of Hose House #1 and Chemical Engine #1. To the right of that, also on Lower Washington St. is P. J. Burns, Horse Shoe Forge. On the upper right, are the High St. businesses of George M. and Thomas K. Forster, Upholsterer and Henry J. Pineo, Carpenter and Builder.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
High St. Corner, Brookline Village, circa 1905
Standing on the corner of Walnut St. and High St. looking northeast towards Lower Washington St. Left, on High St., is the rear of Henry J. Pineo, Carpenter and Builder. On the corner, with Walnut St. going to the right, are several outbuildings of Michael W. Quinlan, Carriages and Harnesses, whose main business is off screen to the left, on the corner of Boylston St. and High St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Boylston St. Looking East, December 23, 1915
Just west of Brookline Village center. Only the fire station remains standing.
[Source: Olmsted]
Brookline Village, Village Square
Circa 1889 - 1896. Lower Washington St. going toward Boston angling to the left rear. From right to left, looking at the south side of Washington St.:
  • Sing Lee, laundry, #136
  • John Barthelmes, hairdresser, #134
  • Frank T. Fay, newsdealer, cigars and tobacco, #128
  • William Frawley, custom shoemaker (note picture of boot on sign), #126
  • Luigi Barba (aka Louis Barbour and Louis Barber), fruit, #126
On the left of the photo is the awning of Thomas S. Brown & Co., provisions, at #145 Washington St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Brookline Village, Village Square, 1885
The side road shown here will soon become part of the widening of Washington St. and its bridge over the tracks. Today's Rt. 9 is in the distance, Boston to the left.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Brookline Village, 1937
Looking east on lower Washington St. toward Boston. Parker Hill and N.E. Baptist Hospital upper right. Walnut St. on the right. Taken on 11/29/1937 by C. Parker, Brookline Engineering Dept.
Brookline Village, 1937
Looking east on lower Washington St. toward Boston. Walnut St. on the right. Note scaffolding for the construction of the Brookline Theater on the left side of the street. All the buildings were raised in the 1960s as part of a large urban redevelopment program. Photo taken on 11/29/1937 by C. Parker, Brookline Engineering Dept.
Brookline Village, December 23, 1915
Washington St. looking south. Start of Boylston St. background right. Guild building, foreground right. Only the fire station, partial view, remains.
[Source: Olmsted]
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