Mystery intersection

Mystery intersection

From the Boston City Archives comes this photo of a typical Boston street scene in, well, can you figure out the when and where? See it larger.

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    Mystery Intersection

    Tremont and Mass Ave! Looking inbound, Parrish Cafe would be on the left and that new southern food place Estelle's is on the right. The cars look like late 1930's / early 1940's?

    Don't think so

    None of the buildings at the intersection of Mass Ave & Tremont look like the one on the corner in this photo. Also, you can see the (backwards) sign of the Bradford Hotel in the upper right, and Mass Ave & Tremont is too far away from that.

    Nope

    No, the building in Brighton Center is definitely not the same as the one in this photo. For one thing, the corner "turret" on that building is round, and this one is octagonal. Also, top floor windows along the sides of the Brighton Center building are arched at the tops, on this one all the side windows are rectangular.

    That was roughly my first guess

    But the roads look too narrow.

    I think early 40's is correct - some of the cars have running boards, but some don't - so guessing right about the transition of car styling which I think was early 40's.

    One other hint - overhead railway that appears to be carrying freight - hmmm?

    Marginal and Harrison Ave, near Pine St.

    In Chinatown. The view today. The Chinese Evangelical Church stands where the Amoco gas station is in the old photo. The building in the old photo behind the traffic signal to the right still stands today on the corner of Harrison Ave and Pine St (as do most of the buildings on that side of Pine St), but a mansard roof has since been added. The old Orange Line elevated structure, which stood until 1987, is visible in the old photo and the Park Plaza hotel is also visible way in the distance behind the elevated.

    Correction

    It would have been Broadway & Harrison back then.

    More info: We're looking towards the Pleasant St portal if we follow the trolley tracks. And behind us, the tracks go to City Point after crossing the Boston & Albany and NYNH&H on a steel truss immediately to our backs.