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Tremont Temple: 1900

Tremont Temple: 1900

Circa 1900. "Tremont Temple, Boston." The Baptist church and auditorium. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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I walk past this fantastic building every day on my way to work. It's in remarkably good condition considering its age and location. I find it very strange that such a grand and tall facade is on a rather narrow section of street; the strange angle of this photo is possibly because a straight-on shot wouldn't be able to show the facade well at all!

The leftmost bit of building here is the Parker House Hotel, a place with amazing history (Ho Chi Minh worked there as a baker 1911-1913 and Malcolm X worked as a busboy in the 1940s). The next-to-leftmost building was bought and both were replaced in the 1920s with a new integrated Parker House building. There's another good view of this section of street in the hotel's Wikipedia article.

The rightmost strip of building in the photo is the corner of an office building at 73 Tremont, still standing and currently in use by Suffolk University.

All the buildings visible to the right of the Tremont Temple are no longer standing.

More Is More

The mixture of styles boggles the mind.

If built a bit later, it might have incorporated a bit of Bauhaus influence, or Mies Van Der Rohe in one little corner.

Horseless Carriage

Looks like a horseless carriage lower right with what appears to have pneumatic tires. Early for 1900.

[That's an electric brougham or delivery wagon with solid rubber tires, of the type recently discussed here. - Dave]

Still standing.

Tremont Temple still stands in 2011 though all of those wonderful buildings to either side are long gone. Circa 1900 is correct. The lack of trolley tracks in Tremont St., removed shortly after the opening of the subway under this segment of Tremont in 1898, date the picture.

Say, where is everyone going?

Must be a sale or perhaps free beer. Almost everyone in the photo is headed in the same direction.

Packed sidewalks

Those sidewalks are wall to wall people. I wonder if Sunday services at the Temple had just ended when the photo wast taken. I'm also curious whether the two buildings to the left of the church were hotels or upscale apartment buildings.

And I found myself musing about the variety of horsedrawn vehicles on the street. So much to see & ponder.

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