When and where? From the Boston City Archives, natch. See it larger.
The Ferdinand "Blue Store" at Washington & Warren Roxbury before the 1901 elevated line was built
Ferdinand's in Dudley Square.
I'd paste a URL but gmaps won't let me copy/paste for some reason.
ETA: As to the question of "when?", Chris and the Wonderful Lamp seems to have debuted in New Haven in 1899, and the El hit Dudley in about 1901, so it'd have to be somewhere right at the turn of the last century.
Corner of Warren and Washington.
At the top of the building, it says Ferdinand's Blue Store. If my guess is correct, this must have been taken before the Washington Street Elevated was built.
It's the unmistakable prow of the Ferdinand Building in Dudley Square, currently being "remodeled" for city offices or something. "Remodeled" in that they are saving the facade and rebuilding behind it.
And according to the Mayor last night, a crane grows in Dudley.
If you look at the top of the prow it says Ferdinand - when I blew it up I had only sky and when I paged down it said Ferdinand.
Hope this new location for the school department works out for everyone.
Indeed it is the Ferdinand building now undergoing a major transformation.
here is a link to the webcam and the construction.
The view today
Thanks everyone! You're right - this is Dudley Sq, specifically the intersection of Washington and Warren Streets. It was taken December 11, 1899.
I work right across the street. They are now building the elevator to the new building. Pretty awesom project to watch from beginning to end. Dudley is changing and hopefully for the better. I use to love walking under the orangle line tracks!