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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.
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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
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.
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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
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Brookline Village, circa 1877
Between Kent St. and Andem Pl. there are three buildings, two visible here, known as the Rooney Block. From left to right:
  • Robert Hamilton, dry and fancy goods, at #9 Harvard Sq.
  • A. A. Cheney, watchmaker and jeweler, at #6 Harvard Sq.
  • In the one-story middle building, #5 Harvard Sq., is Collins & Dyer, Provisions.

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Harvard Square, Brookline Village, circa 1880
The one-story building, still standing in the center of the complex known as the "Rooney Block", houses Henry Collins & Co., Provisions. To the right, the store of Mayo & Paine Stoves became, circa 1883, the Paine Brothers when Mr. Mayo left the business and Henry K. Paine went into business with his brother, Isaac. The store of James Rooney, Boots and Shoes, is on the far right.
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Brookline Village, circa 1904
The eastern side of Harvard Sq. and Washington St. can be described in three sections defined by the side streets of Kent and Andem Place. All these buildings are still standing. From left to right:

The National Bank building on the east side of Harvard St., between Webster Pl. and Kent St., is still standing. It housed the National Bank and the Post Office on the first floor. The horse-watering fountain in the middle of Harvard Sq. is also visible.

Between Kent St. and Andem Pl. there are three buildings known as the Rooney Block, they are addressed as Harvard Sq.
  • In the first building are C. A. Delano, Dry Goods, at #9 Harvard Sq.; and George M. Harper, Fish, at #6 Harvard Sq. (awning visible).
  • In the one-story middle building, #5 Harvard Sq., is Horace E. Smith, Provisions.
  • The right-hand building (the upper floors were later rebuilt in brick) houses Paine Brothers (Henry K. and Isaac), Plumbers, at #3 Harvard Sq.; and James Rooney Boots & Shoes at #1 Harvard Sq. In between is the door for #2, a rooming house called Somerset House. In a photo from 1908 there is a sign announcing Board and Room By Day or Week, Single Meals

Between Andem Place and Station St. are three large buildings, known as the Colonnade Buildings, all still standing.
Left Building
  • On the corner at #241-243 Washington St. stands the Harvard Sq. Pharmacy, run by David C. Hickey.
  • At #239 is the newsstand and stationary store of William Dexter Paine who was a son of Isaac Paine of the previously mentioned plumbing store.
  • Nestled between the awnings of #239 and #235 is the door at #237 Washington leading to establishments upstairs. The awning for T. J. Turley & Son, tailors, is visible as is the window sign for Mrs. J. F. Hickey, dressmaker.
  • Back on the first floor at #235 the awning of Everett E. Pierce, baker and caterer, is visible. To the right of him is the door for #231 leading to the several businesses upstairs.
Middle Building
The middle building still displays the Colonnade Buildings lettering today.
  • The last store on the right, at #219 Washington St., is Frank Russell, real estate
Right Building
  • The Edwin F. Crosby plumbing and kitchen goods store is on the left at #213 and #211
  • On the right-side corner is Nelson Bros., Grocers, at #205 Washington St.

[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Brookline Village, circa 1902
One of a series of three photos taken from the top of the third Town Hall. In the far distance is Boston's Parker Hill and, at its foot, the long row of brick apartments along Huntington Ave. In the center of the photo is Harvard Sq. with the awning-covered storefronts on the east side of Washington St. visible to the right.

The 1903 improvements to the National Bank building, center left, are not yet in place.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
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