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Back Bay: 1904

Back Bay: 1904

Circa 1904. "Boston, Massachusetts. Back Bay from the State House dome." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Our Lady of Lourdes School

Are there any Our Lady of Lourdes kids from the classes of 1940, 1941, 1942 up and about? As of now, I only know of Matt Waters and myself.
If so, please post a comment and say hello.
Warm regards to all.
Ed Woods

48 Beacon made history

Robert Guarino, in "Beacon Street: Its Buildings and Residents", p. 121, puts the most recent recontruction of #48 in 1913, when the controversial structure's height became the subject of first-of-its-kind regulatory legislation, which limited it in order to preserve one's ability to view the state house dome.

The Harvard Bridge

The bridge in the distance is the Harvard Bridge ( Mass Avenue) crossing from Boston's Back Bay to Cambridge and the MIT campus. Its length in SMOOTS is 364.4 +/- ear.


I love those chimney pots that have been super-extended to reach above the adjacent apartment building.

Tudor Apartments

The amazing building in the lower left quadrant:

When Back Bay was new

This was back when Back Bay was still a relatively new neighborhood. The same view in 1857, before the land on the left side of Beacon Street was filled in:

George in bronze

Pretty sure I can also spot George Washington upon his bronze steed over to the left in the Public Garden.

Worked on these

That's Mt Vernon Place to the right foreground. I did work on two of those townhouses a while back. Wonderful old buildings.

Dawn's early light

This photo is taken from the side of the State House - the street directly in the foreground is Joy St. Beyond it is the Public Garden and the streets of the Back Bay beyond that. The building under construction beyond Joy St. is, I believe, 48 Beacon St. The photo also shows quite a bit of Beacon Hill, on the right side. The waterfront along the Charles River is completely different now, with the addition of the Esplanade and Storrow Drive.

Love how we can tell this photo was taken fairly early in the morning because of the angle of the sun - low to the horizon in the southeast (left side of photo), causing those stripes along Beacon Street at the intersecting streets.

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