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Laboratory-Kitchen: 1913

Laboratory-Kitchen: 1913

April 1913. "Old Colony Trust Co., Boston. Temple Place branch." If the main course here is the bank, dessert would the Laboratory-Kitchen "licensed victualler" upstairs at left -- part of the lunchroom chain started by chemist-breadmaker Bertha Stevenson, offering "delicious home cooking" for 15 cents. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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... where that wonderful metal awning went after it was removed.

The Temple Place branch has not fared well

On the left, Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale is the former location of Laboratory-Kitchen. I read the link Dave provided; Bertha Stevenson is an inspiration. And she believed in clean food service! In 1916 she wrote this article for the Journal of Home Economics. I regret I had not heard of her before.

Next door was the Old Colony Trust Co. It's been stripped of its terrific bronze and beautiful stonework. Google tells me its most recent incarnation was a moderately priced steakhouse, now permanently closed.

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