The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.
Copley Square. The Fairmont Copley is at right. Trinity Church is at left. Current site of the John Hancock Tower is at center.
Approx view today: https://goo.gl/maps/t5xrNzs3P9m
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.
You can even compare it with a new version: https://goo.gl/images/RcfUsM
Current site of the Park Street station? Late 1800's with the bend in the track to get around the half-dug subway tunnel?
Easy one today.
The Fairmont Hotel at right and Trinity Church at left.
The building that the Hancock Tower replaced is identified as the Westminster at http://www.wardmaps.com/viewasset.php?aid=1706
Hotel Westminster, near the site of the Hancock Tower:
In front of the Fairmont Copley Hotel looking east towards Trinity Church and the Hancock Tower on St. James Ave
Looking east on St James from Copley Sq with Trinity Church peaking out from the left would be my guess.
Copely Sq, between the church and hotel.
Copley Square...Trinity Church on the left.
All references to the Hancock tower are wrong.
John Hancock is now in the center if this pic
So the name is now 200 Clarendon.
OK, Previously know as Hancock Tower.
(I doing my best to insert important new names of long established landmarks. Shilling for the Real Estate people.)
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.
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.
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.
... except when giving directions to tourists.
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).
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.
Correct. Streetcars are on St. James Ave in lieu of Boylston St. because of construction for the Boylston Street Subway, which opened in 1914.
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.
It was completed in '45.
Not the one with the weather thing, but the smaller one connected to it. It's at 197 Clarendon and is now called the Stephen L. Brown Building.
1928 Bromley Atlas:
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!...
Where are the chutes? On the map? I did research on the pneumatic tube network several years back.
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.
This is on wikipedia, and appears to be early-mid 20s. Lot of open space. Matches buildings on map.
Larger version here: http://memory.loc.gov/award/mhsdalad/120000//12007...
This is a picture of the long-forgotten 1916 Indy Car race.
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I love these old pics!
These old pictures fill me with lament.
I miss how quiet the city was on Sunday mornings, before the blue laws went away.
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.
Was it a hotel?
Yes, the Hotel Westminster. See my earlier post. The name is visible in the photo.
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!
So this pre-dates the Hancock, the Old Hancock, and the Old Old Hancock, right? Cool.
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