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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:

LEFT BLOCK:
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.

CENTER BLOCK:
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

RIGHT BLOCK:
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.

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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.
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Edward W. Packard, Grocer, Brookline Village
219 Washington St. from approx. 1879 - 1885, His brother, Eugene, was a clerk in the store.
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Harvard Square, Brookline Village, 1905
Looking north from Washington St.
Harvard Square, Brookline Village, 1907
The Harvard Hall building has been replaced with the building that still stands today.
Harvard Square, Brookline Village, Circa 1908
Looking north from Washington St. at Rhodes Bros. Grocers
Harvard Square, Brookline Village, 1910s
Looking north from Washington St.
Harvard Square, Brookline Village, 1915
Looking north from Washington St.
Harvard Square, Brookline Village, 1939
Looking north from Washington St.
Charles E. Schmalz, Haircutter
Circa 1901. 240 Washington St. Brookline Village corner of Davis Ave. The St. Andrew Building.
Panter's Building; Brookline Village, Looking North from Washington St.
Panter's Building was a remodeling of the old Baptist church building at that site. It was obtained by John Panter as payment for his work on the replacement church, seen behind it, and converted into a commerical building. He later sold it to George Joyce who moved his grocery store from the Colonnade Building circa 1874.
Panter's Building; Brookline Village, circa 1883
Washington St. continuing to the left, Harvard St. to the right. Note horse drinking water in front of the store. The Joyce grocery store had originally occupied both sides of the building. Circa 1883, Joyce briefly downsized to the right side only, seen here, and was gone entirely by 1885. Thomas H. Dyer, grocer, would occupy the left side until 1904; Frank F. Seamens, Groceries, would replace Joyce circa 1885 and also remain until 1904 when the building was replaced by the building that stands today.
Harvard Square, Brookline Village
Washington St. continuing to the left, Harvard St. to the right. The Panter's Building has been sold and renamed to the Harvard Hall building. In the center are the stores of Thomas H. Dyer, grocer, and Frank F. Seamens, Groceries. Both would remain until 1904 when the building was replaced by the building that stands today. To the left, at 259 Washington St., is the store of Nelson C. Thompson, who took over the furniture and upholstery business from his father. E. S. Morse is seen making a delivery of what is likely coal. The red brick National Bank building, on the right, is still in use today.
Harvard Square, Brookline Village, circa 1903
This photo most likey shows the final stage of the building at 11-13 Harvard Square. On the left,with its delivery wagons parked out front, is T. H. Dyer, Provisions. On the right, at #13 Harvard Sq., is Frank F. Seamens, Groceries. It appears that Lucius N. Danforth, a clerk at the Dyer store for two decades and at the George Joyce store there before that, has taken over the store. But the Danforth store will be short-lived: the building that exists today is about to be constructed there with Rhodes Bros. taking over occupancy.
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Brookline Village, Northwest Corner, Washington St. & Davis
Washington St. going north to the right; Davis just off screen on the left. James M. Seamans moved his grocery store, that had been in the lower Village since 1848, to this location in 1865. The Seaman's second floor was used by dancing and singing schools. In 1889, the store was replaced by the four-story brick building that remains today. Martin Kingman maintained a dry goods store next door from 1865 until 1875 when he sold the business to his assistant, Elizabeth Swift.
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Harvard Sq., circa 1899
Looking northwest on Washington St,. to the left, immediately past the intersection of Washington and Harvard. The building on the right is the post office, at 283 Washington St. Identifiable businesses in the store on the left are the Postal Telegraph And Cable Co. and Frank A. Carnes, Real Estate at 289 Washington St.
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285 Washington St., circa 1904
The focus of this photo is the residence and business of Gertrude F. Wallace, hairdresser, at 285 Washington St. But the other structures to the right provide a rare documentation of the demoltion of Harvard Hall in preparation for the erection of the building that is there today at the apex of Harvard and Washington streets.There is a workman on the roof of the just-closed furniture and upholstery business of Nelson C. Thompson. To the right of that, somewhat telescoped in size, is the Harvard Hall building housing two grocers and in the distance is the corner of the National Bank building.
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View Northward From The Old Town Hall
Looking north from Harvard Sq. The unifying element of this photo is the path of Harvard St. It runs from the 4 o’clock position on the right (alongside St. Mary’s Church) to the 10 o’clock position on the left (the brick building at 152-158 Harvard St.) where it curves upwards to the steeple of the Harvard Congregational Church at the top of the photo.
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