Big ol' house in the good ol' days

Big old house in old Boston

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

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Low end of Seaver St.

Low end of Seaver St. Turn of the century.

Tough one, not even a business name to google.

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Some Hints...

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The tenement landlord is the West End Street Railway Company.

Next door is a carhouse that continues in use as an MBTA facility today.

The children lived (almost literally) a stone's throw from a very famous brook.

Their fathers lived (almost literally) a stone's throw from a very famous pub.

Today you can hear the brook rushing underground on very rainy days AND are able to still grab a pint {or three} at the pub.

The streetcar line the kids and their families would have used briefly operated through to Roslindale Square in the mid-1860s using "steam dummies". Too many horses getting spooked led to them getting banned by the Town of West Roxbury by 1866.

The photograph was taken as part of the WESRy 1897 inventory of its property.

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Wow

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Your hints mean you know, and now I know. It's a bit different today. I keep forgetting that it was at one point not that built up of an area, and sure, it's not that built up today, but it's definitely a commercial area.

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Next door must mean out of the photo.

"The photograph was taken as part of the WESRy 1897 inventory of its property."

Turn of the century. I nailed it. The rest...not so much.

Woh. just found the inventory. Will be back in a few hours...

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The Answer

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Thanks for playing, folks!

This photo shows a home on Lotus Place, near the Forest Hills Car House. You can see a map showing the home here: https://twitter.com/ArchivesBoston/status/1019568225590349825

The map was drawn in 1901 and this photo is in an Boston Elevated Railway inventory that was approved in 1905. So, we're dating this circa 1901, though it could have been taken a few years earlier or later.

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