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Photographs by Charles Austin Wood

PC009.237 (RS240176)


This leather album contains twenty-two albument prints of portraits and buildings, all taken by Charles Austin Wood in 1896. An inscription in the front of the album reads, "Mrs. Mary Miranda (Corbett) Johnson with compliments of C. A. & M. M. Wood. Photographic Views taken by Chas. A. Wood in the 78th years of his age. April 1896."

The album includes portraits presumably of Charles and his wife Caroline E. Wilson Wood. It also includes images of buildings and sites connected with the Woods. Charles Wood was in real estate late in his career, and he was involved with many notable buildings in Boston, including the Hotel Vendome, the Minot Schoolhouse, and Wood's Block. He lived in Dorchester for many years. In 1870, he and his wife moved to Boston and lived at Chester Square and 504 Massachusetts Avenue on the corner of Tremont Street. This album includes beautifully detailed photographs of the interior of 504 Massachusetts Ave., illustrating late nineteenth century décor. See pages 13 and 15 for wallpaper.

Included with the album is a folder containing a letter dated April 10, 1895, from Charles and Caroline Wood's daughter, Mary, and her father to "Cousin Mary," a biography of Charles Austin Wood, and two "Yankee" magazine articles dated June and October 1997 about the Hotel Vendome fire.

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Collection Name
Photograph albums collection
Collection Code
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
1 photograph album; 8 x 9 3/4 inches
Collection Type
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
album number: 237
Credit Line
Purchase, 2007.
Reference Code

Record details

Wood, Charles (Photographer)
Other People
Wood, Caroline E. (Wilson)
Wood, Charles Austin
Descriptive Terms
John S. Wood House - Neponset Avenue, Dorchester
504 Massachusetts Avenue
Caroline Wood Mausoleum
Chester Square
Dorchester Cemetery
Hotel Vendome
Merchants Bank Building
Minot School-house
Old Granary Burial Ground
Tremont Street
Woods Block
hotels (public accommodations)
Material Type
photograph albums
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Hotel Vendome (Boston, Mass.)

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