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Boston Art: 1906

Boston Art: 1906

Boston, 1906. "Copley Square and Museum of Fine Arts." Backdrop for a variety of conveyances. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

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The Museum was torn down in 1910 and replaced in 1912 by what is now the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.Designed by the same architect as the New York Plaza and presumably financed by the same people .The building on the right was the S.S. Pierce Building which lasted until 1958.The building on the left was the Hotel Westminster with what must have been a trendy roof top cafe.This photo was taken late in the evening sometime in late May , early June. Trying to match this photo to the present is confusing because at that time Huntington Avenue crossed through Copley Square diagonally.

Not this time.

Unlike many images of old Boston seen here on Shorpy, nothing in this picture remains.

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