Just take the next car to Dudley

Trolley terminal

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell where this trolley station was. See it larger.

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The old Mass Ave station cut

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The old Mass Ave station cut in half by the pike and now only visible on the Newbury Street side next to the former J.P. Licks?

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Oh no!

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JP Licks is gone?!? So that's what's missing...

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350 Newbury Street

This is what used to be behind the doors at where the electrical transformers are now behind 360 Newbury Street. Behind the murals;

Think lots of Starbuck's cups and Berklee Students channeling their inner busker now.

Based on there being cars for Cypress Street this puts the picture before Kenmore opened in the early 30's, but early 20's based on the fashion.

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The old Massachusetts station

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The old Massachusetts station, now the Hynes station. This is the surface level; we're looking out towards Newbury Street. You can still see those two arched doorways on Newbury Street today, across from Johnson Paint -- they're bricked up, but artwork has been installed inside the arches. There was another, similar pair of arches on Boylston Street before the Mass. Pike was built. The streetcars to Dudley and to Harvard are the predecessor of the #1 bus, although the streetcars never made the through trip -- you always had to change at this station. The cars to Chestnut Hill and Cypress St. are predecessors of the #60 bus; they would have gone out Boylston St., Ipswich St., Boylston again, and Brookline Ave. to Brookline Village. In the center of the station are stairs leading down to today's Green Line station.

The date is obviously April 3, 1920.

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Massachusetts Station

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John is correct. What you see above is the old surface Massachusetts Station. Given that there are streetcars still running to Chestnut Hill, this would have been taken prior to the opening of the Kenmore Square subway station in 1932, when the streetcars from Brookline that bypassed Kenmore Square (routes 58 and 60) were bustituted and rerouted to serve the new station.

Massachusetts Station has since been renamed Hynes Convention Center Station (and Auditorium Station before that), and the underground Massachusetts Station survives to this day as the Hynes Convention Center subway station on the Green Line. The surface station you see above was used for surface lines that passed through the area (streetcars, trackless trolleys, buses) and had a direct connection to the subway station. The surface station survived until the 1960s, when the Mass Pike construction through the area chopped the surface station in half. The half that remains today is "The Slab" on Newbury Street.

Find out more about the old surface Massachusetts Station you see above at:
http://www.bostonstreetcars.com/massachusetts-station.html

Gil

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The Answer

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Thanks for playing folks! There's lots of great information in this comment thread!

This is indeed Massachusetts Station (now Hynes Convention Center Station). The part of the station in this photograph extended from Boylston Street to Newbury Street, directly above the subway station. As some of you noted, you can still see the exterior of this station today. The photo was taken April 3, 1920.

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