The Boston City Archives posted this photo of little kids. Can you figure out where and when it was taken? See it larger.
Has to be after the 30's when they tore down the buildings that were
there before the park was created.
is my guess too. So strange to see it bare without trees.
Due to the arches on the wall in the background - but without the trees and it seems fairly wide in this photo - have they built structures about where the cameraman is standing? Maybe with the trees it just seems smaller.
Behind the Shubert, the original cast for Oliver!
Has to be either West or North End, due to the architecture around there. Shot in the dark.
I believe the area is officially known as the Prado, but it is the plaza behind Old North Church.
The official name is Paul Revere Mall.
(not "Paul Revere Park" as I erroneously posted above. That is the name of a park in Charlestown, next to the Charles River Dam.)
Which is a pretty stupid name for the new park in Charlestown, since it's so easy to confuse it with the existing one in the North End.
But I think it's over by N. Margin and Stillman Streets. There's a basketball court over there that I think used to be part of a school?
http://goo.gl/maps/heImm might be the current Google Street View shot roughly from the same location and direction, but the only thing I'm going on is the row of garage doors in both views.
Look behind the tree, there's an arch (just one) in the brick work painted blue that matches the original photo.
North End, still there.
Thanks everyone! This photo was taken in 1923 in a playground off of Stillman Street.