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

Collection Type

  • Photography

GUSN

GUSN-273192

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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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

exterior views
houses
dwellings
town houses
intersections
libraries (buildings)
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Physical Description

1 photographic print : black-and-white

Collection Code

PC001

Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code

PC001.02.01.USMA.0340.4070.001

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Other People

Bulfinch, Charles, 1763-1844

Other Organizations

Boston Library
Boston Athenaeum
Boston Public Library
Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Mass.)

Subjects

Architectural photography
Tontine Crescent (Boston, Mass.)
Franklin Street (Boston, Mass.)
Arch Street (Boston, Mass.)
Hawley Street (Boston, Mass.)
Otis Street (Boston, Mass.)

Description Level

Item