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Old Boston Library, Franklin and Arch Streets, Tontine Crescent, Boston, Mass., undated

PC001.02.01.USMA.0340.4070.001 (RS34742)

Description

The sign "Boston Library" which can be seen between the pillars is for the Boston Library Society. The Society, later to become the Boston Athenaeum, used the central pavilion of Tontine Crescent as its facility until 1858. The central pavilion was replicated as the façade of the Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library on City Hall Avenue. Tontine Crescent was a Bulfinch designed block of residences completed in 1794 and demolished in 1858. The block was part of Franklin Street and was between Hawley and Otis Streets. Arch Street was extended through the central archway under the pavilion. The large urn, on the lower left side of the image, was relocated to the Bulfinch plot in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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Details

Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
PC001
Physical Description
1 photographic print : black-and-white
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
273192
Reference Code
PC001.02.01.USMA.0340.4070.001

Record details

Other People
Bulfinch, Charles, 1763-1844
Other Organizations
Boston Athenaeum
Boston Library
Boston Public Library
Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Mass.)
Descriptive Terms
dwellings
exterior views
houses
intersections
libraries (buildings)
town houses
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Subjects
Arch Street (Boston, Mass.)
Architectural photography
Franklin Street (Boston, Mass.)
Hawley Street (Boston, Mass.)
Otis Street (Boston, Mass.)
Tontine Crescent (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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