History

By - 5/21/15 - 8:07 am

Wilmington Police report a crew repairing a water-main break on Shawsheen Avenue uncovered some trolley tracks: Read more.Read more

By - 5/20/15 - 5:26 pm
USS Constitution in drydock

Our own SwirlyGrrl captured Old Ironsides in its new home for the next couple of years: Drydock for some restoration work.Read more

By - 5/13/15 - 10:41 pm
Redcoats in Downtown Crossing, Boston

Even with just three members, His Majesty's regiment of foot so impressed the rebellious townspeople of Boston this afternoon that they declared the land reclaimed for the king without having to exchange a single volley.Read more

By - 5/9/15 - 9:50 pm
Vertullo Building on Fairmount Avenue in Hyde Park

City officials joined with residents, new store owners and Historic Boston on Fairmount Avenue today to re-dedicate the Vertullo Building.

The building, which dates to 1868 - the year Hyde Park became a town - has space for five stores on the first floor and four apartments above. Historic Boston bought the building in 2011 and spent $1.3 million renovating it. Read more....Read more

By - 4/29/15 - 4:11 pm

In April 1965, the Boston City Council was arguing over urban renewal plans for Charlestown.

Probably the only time a city councilor has called another one a "bald-headed s.o.b." at a public meeting (but not the only time someone has thought about it).Read more

By - 4/21/15 - 4:50 pm

Edit: Thanks for the replies, guys.

Address: 126 E Howard St Quincy, Massachusetts (Don't know if this is close enough to Boston for you guys...)

Building's clearly abandoned and mostly boarded up, but the main entrance (amazingly) hasn't had all of its glass broken in yet. The way the upper floors look, seems like it was abandoned a long time ago, but from the first...Read more

By - 4/10/15 - 11:10 am

UPDATE: Delvin Dixon, 40, of Charlestown, was arraigned on a charge of vandalism this afternoon. He was released on personal recognizance, but ordered to stay away from the Common until his case is resolved, the Suffolk County DA's office reports.

Somebody with a less than reverential view towards the past - not to mention Matthew Broderick - snapped off Robert Gould Shaw's sword from ...Read more

By - 4/8/15 - 7:25 am

WBUR takes a look at the history of 26 Court St.:

The building, on a busy side street in the Financial District, sits on what city records say is "believed to be the oldest plot of land continuously owned by the City of Boston."

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By - 4/6/15 - 10:53 am
House in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

And we wonder if you can ID the guy who was hanging out the window when the photo was taken:

By - 3/30/15 - 11:01 am
G and J restaurant in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 10:49 am
Elm Hill Market

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out where the Elm Hill Market was and when this picture of it was taken. See it larger.Read more

By - 3/15/15 - 2:34 pm
Frieze on the Samuel Appleton Building

On the Samuel Appleton Building. See it larger.

In the late 1800s, the merchant princes of Boston adorned their buildings with classical Greek and Roman symbols of successful seafaring commerce, such as Neptune's tridents and Mercury's caduceuses (Mercury being the god of trade and all).

And then, it stopped. Maybe it was the decline of Boston as a seaport, but whatever the reason, in the 20th century, financial firms took over...Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 11:10 am
Church in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 10:47 am
Old subway station in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.Read more

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