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View of Franklin Street before the fire of 1872, Franklin Place and Tontine Crescent, Boston, Mass., 1856-1858

PC001.01.TMP.043 (RS86828)

Description

Tontine Crescent, a Bulfinch designed block of residences, is seen on the right side of the image. It was completed in 1794 and demolished in 1858. The block was part of Franklin Street and was between Hawley and Otis Streets. The central pavilion with the pillars was used by the Boston Library Society until 1858 and was replicated as the façade of the Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library on City Hall Avenue. The street on the left is Franklin Place. The structures on both sides of the street and the park were replaced by commercial buildings.

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Details

Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
PC001
Date of Acquisition
22 November 1913
Physical Description
1 photographic print
Inscriptions
Recto of mount: [embossed with photographer's name and address:] Photograph By WHIPPLE & BLACK 96 WASH'N ST.; Verso of mount: Franklin St. Boston - Before the fire of 1872 [in a different hand:] From Estate of W.W. Clapp June 23-1915. [in a different hand:] File Spec. Photos Whipple & Black - 1856-1859 {Gift of Bostonian Society 22 Nov. 1923}
Dimensions
10.875x 9.75(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
OVP Photo Database Number: 45
OVP Number: OVP0043
Credit Line
Gift of the Estate of W.W. Clapp to the Bostonian Society, 13 June 1913; Gift of the Bostonian Society to Historic New England/SPNEA.
GUSN
202258
Reference Code
PC001.01.TMP.043

Record details

Originator
Whipple & Black (Photographer)
Other People
Bulfinch, Charles, 1763-1844
Other Organizations
Boston Library
Boston Public Library
Descriptive Terms
dwellings
exterior views
houses
intersections
libraries (buildings)
pillars
town houses
Material Type
albumen prints
photographs
Subjects
Architectural photography
Franklin Place (Boston, Mass.)
Franklin Street (Boston, Mass.)
Hawley Street (Boston, Mass.)
Otis Street (Boston, Mass.)
Tontine Crescent (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Physical Access Restrictions
Top right quarter of recto stained; scratched; mount stained from adhesive along edges of print; bottom right corner of mount missing.

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