The Imperial Hotel built in 1907 adjacent to the Washington building on the corner of Market and Washington St (see map above).  “The Imperial” was probably a residential hotel. In 1907, people were still using horse drawn conveyances and McKenney’s Stable across Market Street was probably where they boarded their horses and stored their carriages. Of course, being on Washington Street, residents also had ready access to trolley service to the downtown.

The Imperial Hotel built in 1907 adjacent to the Washington building on the corner of Market and Washington St (see map above). “The Imperial” was probably a residential hotel. In 1907, people were still using horse drawn conveyances and McKenney’s Stable across Market Street was probably where they boarded their horses and stored their carriages. Of course, being on Washington Street, residents also had ready access to trolley service to the downtown.

c1950 Looking East.  Note St Elizabeth's in the center with the original buildings (before expansion onto Cambridge St)

c1950 Looking East. Note St Elizabeth's in the center with the original buildings (before expansion onto Cambridge St)

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

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

Market St at Brighton Center c1950.  Notice the O'Connell building to the the right of center described below, Woolworth's on the left, and the Shawmut Bank in the center.  The Imperial Tavern on the right is named after the Imperial Hotel which occupied the floors above it in the early 1900s

Market St at Brighton Center c1950. Notice the O'Connell building to the the right of center described below, Woolworth's on the left, and the Shawmut Bank in the center. The Imperial Tavern on the right is named after the Imperial Hotel which occupied the floors above it in the early 1900s

Tracing the Changing Face of Kenmore Square - Bostonia Web Exclusives

Tracing the Changing Face of Kenmore Square - Bostonia Web Exclusives

The Brighton Cooperative Bank (1911-1976) branch in Brighton Center

The Brighton Cooperative Bank (1911-1976) branch in Brighton Center

Old Corner Bookstore, first brick building in Boston, circa 1900.

Beautiful Vintage Photos of Bygone Bookstores

THE GREAT MOLASSES DISASTER  Truly a sticky situation, The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919 killed 21 people and injured 150 when a tank holding over 2 million gallons of molasses exploded. The blast sent a wave of the viscous substance through the city at a speed of about 35 miles per hour.

THE GREAT MOLASSES DISASTER Truly a sticky situation, The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919 killed 21 people and injured 150 when a tank holding over 2 million gallons of molasses exploded. The blast sent a wave of the viscous substance through the city at a speed of about 35 miles per hour.

Brighton Ctr Police Station 1965. Brighton is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It is named after the town of Brighton in the English city of Brighton and Hove. For its first 160 years Brighton was part of Cambridge and was known as “Little Cambridge." Throughout much of its early history it was a rural town with a significant commercial center at its eastern end. Brighton separated from Cambridge in 1807 after a bridge dispute and was later annexed to Boston, in 1874.

Brighton Ctr Police Station 1965. Brighton is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It is named after the town of Brighton in the English city of Brighton and Hove. For its first 160 years Brighton was part of Cambridge and was known as “Little Cambridge." Throughout much of its early history it was a rural town with a significant commercial center at its eastern end. Brighton separated from Cambridge in 1807 after a bridge dispute and was later annexed to Boston, in 1874.

Circa 1904. "Boston, Massachusetts. Back Bay from the State House dome." Shorpy Historic Picture Archive

Circa 1904. "Boston, Massachusetts. Back Bay from the State House dome." Shorpy Historic Picture Archive

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