Brighton Center - Washington St
Washington St in Brighton Center in 1832
with the original Cattle Fair Hotel on the left, the 1808
First Parish Church at the center , and Washington St
looking east in front of the Church
Cattle Yards in Brighton Center (c1850) behind the Cattle Fair Hotel. The raised structure in the center was the auctioneer's platform.
1885 Map. Note the Osborn property size has increased, Warren building now exists (purple), the Police Station in the Town Hall building and the Post Office opposite the Police Station. This Post Office was replaced by the current Post Office in the 1950s. The current Police Station was built in the 1890s.
Brighton Market Bank and Heard Store at Washington and Winship St opposite the Cattle Fair Hotel. Charles Heard, from Sudbury, built the store where dry goods were sold. On the second floor, a Miss Lawton and Miss Gill opened a millinery and dressmaking establishment. The Oak Tree in front was removed in 1858 when a sewer was installed
The Dr. Isaac Braman's house to the right of the Congregational Church opposite Parsons St. See 1895 map above. Dr. Braman moved to Brighton in 1842 and was one of the first organizers of the First Episcopal Church which later was called St Margaret's (see below). He was also in charge of the medical department of U.S. Arsenal in Watertown and the coroner for Suffolk County
Recent Photo of the updated building on Academy Hill Rd that was originally the Parsonage of the First Church of Brighton
Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church building built n 1827 at 404 Washington St when more conservative parishioners broke away from the First Church. This photo and the ones that follow track the different buildings used by the church at the same location known. Today it is known as the Brighton Allston Congregational Church.
The Gothic Revival style Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church built in1868. The architect of this handsome wooden structure was George Fuller of Brighton who was a member of the church and who also the architect for the Brighton Holton Library built in 1874
1866 Brighton Congregational Church without a steeple and the addition of telephone poles and wires. This building was destroyed by a fire in 1921
The current Brighton Congregational Church in the 1940s. This building was constructed in 1921.
1890 Looking West From Market St. Cattle Fair Hotel on the right. The steeple to the left of center belongs to the 1868 version of the Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church (see above).
c1950. Note Conaty's appliance store, Home Supply hardware store and Carey's Furniture who were all landmark Brighton Center businesses for many years
The Brighton Cooperative Bank (1911-1976) branch in Brighton Center
Fitzpatrick's Diner c1970 opposite Parson Street at the current sight of the Citizens Bank
Looking West 1941. Note the First National Grocery store on the right and the houses on the left before Eastburn St where the bank and Post Office now stand
Looking East 1948 (courtesy of the Boston Public Library)
Watertown Streetcar 1964
The Palace Spa store at the corner of Parsons and Washington St (courtesy of Eddie Neary)
St Margaret's Episcopal Church with Eastburn St on the left and Foster St on the Right. St Margaret's was built in 1964 and demolished in the late 1970s. The building to the right was the parsonage/parish hall for the church and is now a private residence. This church still had windows facing Washington St when this photo was taken.
A later photo of St Margaret's with the front windows removed and an entrance added
The front of the church after being covered by stucco.
Esso station at the corner of Foster and Washington St. Next to that is Horrigan's Market which was a popular grocery store for many years.
The Noah Worcester House c1900 at the Northwest corner of Foster and Washington Streets, built c1680, was the residence of the founder of the America peace movement and Brighton's first post office established in 1817.
Noah Worcester House
Rourke's or the Washington Building
c1930. The Washington building, dating from 1909,
is the portion facing Washington St with the
awnings. The rear portion facing Market St is the
Imperial Hotel built in 1909
Rourke's Drug Store Flyer
Close of the above picture showing the Shawmut Bank sign on top of the Imperial Hotel building facing Market Street
Egyptian Theatre at 326 Washington St was built in 1929 and until the late 1950s occupied the site of the present Elk's Hall (<click here> for more photos)
Brighton's Greek Revival Town Hall at 321 Washington St at the corner of Washington and Waldo Streets. It was built in 1841 by master carpenter Granville Fuller, designed by architect Richard Bond and reflects the town's prosperity in the pre-civil war era. After Brighton's annexation to Boston, the building served as a local courthouse and jail. It was acquired by the Knights of Columbus in the 1960s and was destroyed by fire in 1977.
Courtroom inside the Brighton Town Hall
Town Hall. Soldiers during what might be a Civil War commemorative event
1950s at Warren Hall
Warren Hall c1980. The Doors played here in 1967 in a short lived rock club called the Crosstown Bus. Gertrude Ellis remembered in a 1971 oral history interview that "Warren Hall in Brighton Center used to be rented for dances, entertainment and the like. I remember going there for free ice cream on the Fourth of July, which I think was furnished by the city for children".
Looking East 1937. Notice the commercial building at the corner of Washington and Cambridge Streets on what is now the new St Elizabeth's Hospital building
Nagle Hotel in 1922 at the corner of Washington and Winship Streets.
The Nagle building c1980 which was to the right of the Nagle Hotel. The word "Nagle" can be seen at the top between the bay windows over the "Tap" sign. Built in 1892, the Nagle Building at 300-310 Washington Street is a fine example of a Queen Anne commercial/residential block. As early as 1875, this site was occupied by 4 small wooden buildings which were evidently associated with Nagle's Hotel which stood at the northwest corner of Winship and Washington streets. By 1930, the Nagle Building housed Ryan Brothers Fruit (302), Arthur I. Russell, plumber (304), Brighton Center Pool Room (306) and Mrs. Fannie Dreyer's Variety Store. Tenants in the upstairs apartments were of Irish, Italian, French and German stock.
Brighton Hotel which was
located at the current site of the Police Station.
This was the town's largest hotel before the
Cattle Fair was built in 1830. In 1824, General
Lafayette visited the Brighton Hotel during his fiftieth
anniversary tour of the United States.
In front of the Police Station c1930s
Police Station early 1900s
Rescue at the Police Station (courtesy of the BPL)
Dennis Minihane remembers Brighton Center: "They had quite a few stores. I remember the Woolworth’s, Meikle’s Bakery, there was a fish store, Heinlein’s drug store, Rourke’s Drugstore on the other corner, and Kelly’s had a drugstore [ed. at Washington and Leicester streets] ... And there was a little spa on the corner of Parsons and Washington called Joe the Greek’s, and later it became the Palace Spa, run by the ex-manager of the A&P, Roland Newton. And there was the First National Market, Betty Bowen’s Dress Shop, you got to know the local barber, and Mrs. Anderson’s Button Shop. Mrs. Anderson, and her sister, two elderly women, had to be 300 years old! They’d be in there with their buttons and all that. There were a couple of real nice hardware stores. There was Home Supply and Bunker’s Hardware ... Bunker was at the opposite end of the center"