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Copley Square. The Fairmont

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Copley Square. The Fairmont Copley is at right. Trinity Church is at left. Current site of the John Hancock Tower is at center.

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Too easy!

Copley Square. Trinity Church on the left, the Hotel Westminster in the middle (now the site of the John Hancock tower,) and the Copley Plaza on the right. The Westminster was forced to lose the top bit because of a law limiting buildings in Copley Square to no more than 90 feet in height.

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Current site of the Park

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Current site of the Park Street station? Late 1800's with the bend in the track to get around the half-dug subway tunnel?

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Copley

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In front of the Fairmont Copley Hotel looking east towards Trinity Church and the Hancock Tower on St. James Ave

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Looking east on St James from

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Looking east on St James from Copley Sq with Trinity Church peaking out from the left would be my guess.

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Copley Square...Trinity

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Copley Square...Trinity Church on the left.

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Yes, But

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No Bostonian in her right mind would call it that simply because some realtors told her to. Yes, they changed the name but that doesn't mean we need to pay attention.

It's the Hancock, and it will always be the Hancock. And the old one will always be the old Hancock.

As I've said before, if the Hancock Insurance people don't want us calling their buildings whatever the heck we want, they shouldn't leave so many of them lying around in our neighborhood.

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Kind of a protest

Since identification of the location was so simple I felt compelled to mix it up a bit. I didn't anticipate the complexity identifying the date.

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Picking nits

downtown-anon is nitpicking over the fact that the building commonly known as the Hancock Tower was renamed "200 Clarendon" about a year ago. Given that my husband mocks me for still occasionally referring to the Hynes Convention Center stop on the Green Line as "Auditorium," I find this quibble silly and deeply un-Bostonian.

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But the date people.

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My guess is 1919 or 1920 based on the 1919 Pierce Arrow limo in front of the Copley Plaza. Also because the John Hancock Building isn't there yet (completed in 1922).

IMAGE(http://www.woodrowwilson.org/assets/images/pierce_limo_3.jpg)

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1912-1914

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Probably summer 1913 (short shadows). Fairmount opened Aug 20, 1912, so it wasn't that summer.

And, aha! Saint James was cleared in late 1913, so the photo is from 1913.

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1913

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Correct. Streetcars are on St. James Ave in lieu of Boylston St. because of construction for the Boylston Street Subway, which opened in 1914.

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Good call

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You're right. More research on Pierce Arrow indicates that the headlights were on the fenders starting in 1914. So this is likely a 1912 or 1913 model.

http://theoldmotor.com/?p=2275

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Underground miniature railway between the buildings.

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Check out the underground miniature railway for moving mail between the older Hancock Buildings. A group of urban archeologists from Waltham Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation tour mechanics of the railway from time to time.

Please post photos!...

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This is visible?

Where are the chutes? On the map? I did research on the pneumatic tube network several years back.

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Pneumatic tube systems. BPL Giant Walk in Safe.

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Copley Square Library may still have the pneumatic tube systems for viewing by folks with an interest as well as the giant walk in safe pictured in an old National Geographic with the then Boston Public Library Director Milton Lord.

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Nah

This is a picture of the long-forgotten 1916 Indy Car race.

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These old pictures fill me

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These old pictures fill me with lament.

I miss how quiet the city was on Sunday mornings, before the blue laws went away.

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Way too easy

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Interesting to see what was there before the Hancock Tower was built. This was back when Copley Square was mostly roadway (Huntington Ave) and just two small triangles of open space.

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Yes

Yes, the Hotel Westminster. See my earlier post. The name is visible in the photo.

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The answer...

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Looks like this might have been a bit too easy for you all!

This is indeed Copley Square, we estimate to be about 1914.

It is part of our Transit Department photograph collection, you can see some of the other photographs on our Flickr page: https://flic.kr/p/nmeKW1

We'll work on finding some trickier photos for you!

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Yasss

So this pre-dates the Hancock, the Old Hancock, and the Old Old Hancock, right? Cool.

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