Exterior view of the Boston Young Men's Hebrew Association Gymnasium, Humboldt Ave., Roxbury, Mass.


A view of the front façade of the Boston Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) gymnasium on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The two-story Colonial Revival structure is constructed of tapestry brick with limestone trimmings. A double staircase sweeps up to the first floor pedimented main entrance. A cartouche with swags adorn the center of the façade. It appears that construction of the structure was just completed or is in progress as there are building materials in the area around the ground floor entrance. The gynamisum was an annex to the existing YMHA building at Seaver Street and Humboldt Avenue. The facilities included squash courts, classrooms, a steam room, and showers and dressing rooms. At the dedication ceremony on May 3, 1925, Governor Alvan Tufts Fuller gave a speech. The YMHA sold the building to the Seventh Day Adventist Chiurch in 1960. The building still stands today at what is probably 283 Humboldt Avenue.


Descriptive Terms

cartouches (ornament)
brick (clay product)
Colonial Revival
exterior views
festoon (motif)
black-and-white prints (photographs)

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000320
AccessID 497
Other identifier HNEDID-000320

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code


Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code


Date Notes

ca. 1925


Roxbury (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)

Other People

Krokyn, Jacob Frederick, d. 1960

Other Organizations

Young Men's Hebrew Association (Boston, Mass.)


Humboldt Avenue (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.)
Seaver Street (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.)
Architectural photography

Description Level


Location Note

Geo.: Large: Mass.: Roxbury: Modern: Public and Commercial Buildings: Unmounted

Historical/Biographical Note


Sammarco, Anthony and Charlie Rosenberg. Roxbury: Then & Now, 20.