Brookline Historical Society
Photo Collection

Burns Pharmacy, Brookline Village
127 Washington St, situated roughly at the western edge of today's Hearthstone Plaza
Brookline Village: Chestnut Hill Trolley (Boylston St. - Ipswich St. - Brookline Ave.)
Brookline Village, Guild Block Building, circa 1903
Boylston St. looking west to the left; Washington St. on the right. Pictured from left to right:
[#166 Washington St.] On the corner of the Guild Block building, the faded sign of the previous owner of the grocery store, Francis H. Bacon, is still visible to the right. Thomas F. McMahon, who had been a clerk in Bacon’s store, took over the business when Bacon died in 1898.
[#172 Washington St.] Henderson Dairy and T. A. Conroy, Gas and Electric Fixtures.
[#174 Washington St.] Horace James, Mason
[#176 Washington St.] George P. Johnson Fish Co.
[#178 Washington St.] W. H. Pazolt, Sign and Carriage Painting; and F. H. McMahan, Plumber
Brookline Village, Washington St.
Looking north on Washington St.; short road to Station St. and White Place to the right; start of Boylston St. off photo, left foreground.

Tom Condon, Sr. Civil Engineer for Brookline writes:
The "short road” is actually part of Washington Street. This original bridge over the railroad was not built to the full width of Washington St. This roadway to the right would have also been an access to White Place in addition to Station Street.
Brookline Village
Washington St. looking north.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Trolley Car, Brookline Village
Washington St. heading toward Rt. 9 and Boston. This is a Type Four car, in use in Boston from 1911-1950. The two brick buildings still stand.

While nominally just a photo of a subway car this photo actually contains a number of interesting details of Village life in the late 1930s. To the right is the front end of what appears to be a 1935 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe. And there are glimpses of the following businesses:
  • Earl Colvin, dentist, is the clearest. He was at that location (221 Washington Street) as early as 1922 and as late as 1940. In 1944 he had moved to 1 Harvard Street.
  • Moore's, up the street, is Moore's Grille at 6-9 Harvard Square.
  • A.J. Grennan, Chiropodist.
  • Wolf & Smith, Meats. They are beneath Colvin and the name is only partly visible. They were there as early as the 1920s through at least 1944.
  • Elisabeth Cleansing Shop. The name is on the corner above the back of the trolley.
  • Daniel Goldberg. His name is on the window next to Grennan, but we don't find him in the city directories.

Brookline Village, circa 1910
Washington St, looking south toward Boylston St.
Brookline Village, Looking North on Washington St., 1865
Looking north on Washington St. from the bridge by White Place. Station St. is on the lower right
Brookline Village, Looking North on Washington St., 1865
Andem Place
Looking south towards Brookline Village. To the right is the rear of the Colonnade buildings. In the background, on the left, is the only known side view of 171-173 Washington St. (at the rear of today’s 10 Brookline Place). In contrast to the ordinary front, the side of the building is embellished along the roof line and with accent pillars down the sides. The large window signs can’t be read but it can be speculated that these features were viewed by the passengers on the railroad that passed right next to the building.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Brookline Village, 1885
Washington St. looking south toward the fire station, in the distance, on lower Washington St.; Station St. is to the left; Guild Block building is visible in the rear center.
Brookline Village, Washington St. & Davis Ave, early 1860s
Washington St. in the heart of the village, looking northwest, at the corner of Washington Place, today's Davis Ave. Benjamin David House, built in 1760, demolished around 1867. Large tree and fences can be viewed in other photos from the 1860s.
Brookline Village, Station St.
Looking north on Washington St.; brick building in foreground exists today. An alert reader reports that the building was raised significantly to match the height of the bridge before Station St. was added.
Brookline Village Train Station, circa 1885
At Station St., looking west under the Washington St. bridge. Only entrance to White Place.

Tom Condon, Sr. Civil Engineer for Brookline writes:
It would be interesting to note that the roadway passing under the bridge to the right of the railroad was the only access to White Place at the time since it was a dead end street. When the bridge was later widened, it was also shortened so as to only cross the railroad tracks. The end of White Place was filled in to meet the grade of the new bridge. That is the reason for the retaining wall between White Place and the "D" line which is located about where the center support of the bridge is.
White Place, Brookline Village, 1885
Looking east at Washington St. bridge. Railroad tracks (today's Green Line) to the right. Allen & Rowell Photographers.
Railroad Station, Brookline Village
Heading east, current location of Brookline Village "D" Line stop of the MBTA. Station St. to the left
Brookline Village, 1885
Looking north on the east side of Washington St. are the three Colonnade buildings that still stand today. Shortly after this photo was taken there was a major regrading and widening of Washington St. and the creation of Station St. This was undertaken to increase the width of the narrow bridge over the tracks. The dirt ramp would become an extension of the bridge and this necessitated raising the nearest brick Colonnade building to its present height.

The awnings on the near corner of the Colonnade buildings are for Nelson Bros., Grocers, "dealers in fine teas and pure coffees" Also still standing today, on the west side of Washington St., are the two tallest buildings in the photo, both brick.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Brookline Village Train Station, Looking South
Looking south toward lower Washington St.; old Hose House #1 on south side of lower Washington St. is visible on the right
Holtzer Cabot Electric Co., Brookline Village, 1915
Station St., building still in use. Train station is now the Brookline Village MBTA stop. In 1891, the company developed the first successful electric carriage in the U.S.
Brookline Village, 1904
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
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