Brighton Allston Historical Society

Brighton Allston Historical Society The Brighton Allston Historical Society holds educational events, offers publications, and runs the Heritage Museum for and with our community.

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Hi everyone-Sharing this info about a September fund-raising event to benefit our very own Presentation School Foundatio...
08/01/2021

Hi everyone-
Sharing this info about a September fund-raising event to benefit our very own Presentation School Foundation Community Center in Oak Square (at the site of the former grammar school)- thanks!
- Charlie Vasiliades
Details
Event by The Presentation School Foundation Community Center
Norwood Country Club & Driving Range
Tickets
www.psf-inc.org/golf
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
Our 10th annual golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, September 25 at Norwood Country Club. Join us for a fun day on the links followed by lunch, drinks, and prizes. The tournament starts at 9 am. Lunch will be served at the Chateau Restaurant, located next to Norwood Country Club.
As always, Tee Off for Oak Square supports the wide array of critical services available in the PSF Community Center.
You can support the event by:
• Sponsoring a hole for $150
• Registering as a single golfer for $150
• Registering as a foursome for $560
• Making a donation in the amount of your choice
• Purchasing a 50/50 raffle ticket
Pay for your registration, raffle ticket, or sponsor a hole at www.psf-inc.org/golf. See Less
Sports

Hi everyone-
Sharing this info about a September fund-raising event to benefit our very own Presentation School Foundation Community Center in Oak Square (at the site of the former grammar school)- thanks!
- Charlie Vasiliades
Details
Event by The Presentation School Foundation Community Center
Norwood Country Club & Driving Range
Tickets
www.psf-inc.org/golf
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
Our 10th annual golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, September 25 at Norwood Country Club. Join us for a fun day on the links followed by lunch, drinks, and prizes. The tournament starts at 9 am. Lunch will be served at the Chateau Restaurant, located next to Norwood Country Club.
As always, Tee Off for Oak Square supports the wide array of critical services available in the PSF Community Center.
You can support the event by:
• Sponsoring a hole for $150
• Registering as a single golfer for $150
• Registering as a foursome for $560
• Making a donation in the amount of your choice
• Purchasing a 50/50 raffle ticket
Pay for your registration, raffle ticket, or sponsor a hole at www.psf-inc.org/golf. See Less
Sports

GREAT NEWS if you love history-Our Brighton Allston Heritage Museum at 20 Chestnut Hill  Ave. will re-open to the public...
07/13/2021

GREAT NEWS if you love history-

Our Brighton Allston Heritage Museum at 20 Chestnut Hill Ave. will re-open to the public on Thursday July 15, 2021 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. and will be open those same hours every Thursday and Friday thereafter.

Free admission.

All are welcome to visit our museum and learn more about the history of one of Boston's most diverse and interesting neighborhoods.

GREAT NEWS if you love history-

Our Brighton Allston Heritage Museum at 20 Chestnut Hill Ave. will re-open to the public on Thursday July 15, 2021 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. and will be open those same hours every Thursday and Friday thereafter.

Free admission.

All are welcome to visit our museum and learn more about the history of one of Boston's most diverse and interesting neighborhoods.

Our Historical Society is a long standing member of the Boston Preservation Alliance, and this Fall the Alliance present...
11/12/2020
Graves Light and Fog Signal Station - 2020 Preservation Award Winner

Our Historical Society is a long standing member of the Boston Preservation Alliance, and this Fall the Alliance presented awards to some exemplary preservation projects in the Boston area..... what follows are some great videos highlighting these......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qScj1Bj3kWQ

Inspired by the film? Support the Alliance and help us tell more stories: https://secure.bostonpreservation.org/donation.jsp?campaign=70& Shining about nine ...

IT'S HERE.... !!!This flyer just went out to all of our BAHS members , but wanted to share this with all of you here as ...
10/17/2020

IT'S HERE.... !!!

This flyer just went out to all of our BAHS members , but wanted to share this with all of you here as well...... our new Brighton-Allston Historical Society 2021 calendar is "hot off the press", and now available for sale. This is the 17th year of our BAHS calendars, and again we feature 14 great historic images of our neighborhoods's past.

This is the primary fund raiser we have for the Historical Society, and all proceeds benefit our programming, museum, and photo purchases. Cost is $12 ($10 +$2 shipping), and we would of course really appreciate your support in buying a calendar.

You can just print out the attached mail order form- but if you don't have a printer, you can just write a check for $12 made out to the BAHS, and mail it to my attention at: Charlie Vasiliades, 47 Langley Road, Brighton, MA 02135.

At least twice a week I'll head to the post office to mail any orders, so you should receive it quickly.

THANK YOU!!!

While sad that it is no longer a church, St. Gabriel's was closed many years ago by the Archdiocese of Boston-  and sinc...
09/26/2020
The Overlook at Saint Gabriel's

While sad that it is no longer a church, St. Gabriel's was closed many years ago by the Archdiocese of Boston- and since then the building had fallen into poor condition.

While many in the neighborhood have legitimate mixed feelings about the size and scale of the new Cabot, Cabot & Forbes housing development on the old monastery grounds, the developers have nonetheless done a very good job of preservation- they kept and restored many of the key parts of the site. These include the Monastery itself of course, which is an official city landmark, but they have also preserved most of the landscaped grounds in front of the Monastery, and the subject of this post- the former church itself.

Originally the abandoned church was going to be demolished- but along with neighbors, the Historical Society strongly advocated for its saving and reuse, hoping that it could be incorporated into the new development. To their credit, the developers listened, and kept the building. After major renovation and restoration work, the former church building will now be the community space for the residents of the new housing. This link shows the amazing transformation- not a church anymore, but a beautiful piece of architecture that hopefully will have a long new life......
https://courbanize.com/projects/saint-gabriels/updates/28069?utm_campaign=update&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sendgrid

Restoring and reimagining a former monastery and church as a housing community featuring public open space and parks.

And the final Ebay purchase for now, Gardner Street near Linden Street in Allston:
09/15/2020

And the final Ebay purchase for now, Gardner Street near Linden Street in Allston:

Historical Society Ebay purchase #4-  Harvard Av. at Brighton Ave., 1920's:
09/15/2020

Historical Society Ebay purchase #4- Harvard Av. at Brighton Ave., 1920's:

Historical Society Ebay purchase #3 from this week-  an apartment block along Comm. Ave., I think near Packard's Corner:
09/15/2020

Historical Society Ebay purchase #3 from this week- an apartment block along Comm. Ave., I think near Packard's Corner:

Another new Ebay postcard purchase for our Historical Society archives-  Brooks Street at Faneuil Street, circa 1910:
09/15/2020

Another new Ebay postcard purchase for our Historical Society archives- Brooks Street at Faneuil Street, circa 1910:

More Ebay purchases- here's the newly built 3rd church building of the Brighton Congregational Church in 1927:
09/15/2020

More Ebay purchases- here's the newly built 3rd church building of the Brighton Congregational Church in 1927:

09/10/2020

Postcard #11 from EBay- the Faneuil Depot at Brooks Street, circa 1900

Postcard #10 from EBay-  Oak Square Ave., Oak Square
09/10/2020

Postcard #10 from EBay- Oak Square Ave., Oak Square

Postcard #9 from EBay- looking up Harvard Ave. from Cambridge Street, Allston
09/10/2020

Postcard #9 from EBay- looking up Harvard Ave. from Cambridge Street, Allston

Postcard #8 from EBay- Glenville Ave., Allston
09/10/2020

Postcard #8 from EBay- Glenville Ave., Allston

Postcard #7 from EBay- Commonwealth Ave., Allston
09/10/2020

Postcard #7 from EBay- Commonwealth Ave., Allston

Postcard #6 from EBay- Commonwealth Ave.., Allston
09/10/2020

Postcard #6 from EBay- Commonwealth Ave.., Allston

Postcard #5 from EBay- Glenville Ave., Allston
09/10/2020

Postcard #5 from EBay- Glenville Ave., Allston

Postcard #4 from EBay- Long Ave., Allston
09/10/2020

Postcard #4 from EBay- Long Ave., Allston

Postcard #3 from EBay- Gardner Street at Harvard Ave., Allston
09/10/2020

Postcard #3 from EBay- Gardner Street at Harvard Ave., Allston

Postcard #2 of our new EBay purchases:  the intersection of Linden and Reedsdale Streets at Comm. Ave.
09/10/2020

Postcard #2 of our new EBay purchases: the intersection of Linden and Reedsdale Streets at Comm. Ave.

One of 12 new postcards we just purchased on EBay....
09/09/2020

One of 12 new postcards we just purchased on EBay....

Sorry again about the delay since we posted any historical pictures.... but life can still be busy, even when you're mos...
08/26/2020

Sorry again about the delay since we posted any historical pictures.... but life can still be busy, even when you're mostly at home.... 😊

But I started doing something that might give us more material to post- zooming in on some of our existing photos, creating what I consider really interesting close-ups that in essence create a whole new photo, showing a lot more details. To start with, check out these four images- the "parent" full photo, with three close-ups created from it.

To describe what you're seeing, the first, original photo is from Digital Commonwealth, and it was taken in 1898 from the tower of the Chestnut Hill Waterworks High Service building, looking east towards Cleveland Circle, Beacon Street, and Chestnut Hill Ave. The Low Service building had not been built yet, but it would later rise in what is the center of the original photo. The first zoomed in close-up shows the houses of the Aberdeen district, on streets like Chestnut Hill Ave., Sutherland, and Orkney (on the left and in the center) On the right, the little hill with pine trees is the future site of the Circle Cinema, now the new hotel/housing complex, as well as the rail underpass for the old B & A train line (now the Riverside line). The other two pictures are even closer zooms, showing the Circle Cinema site in more detail, and the other showing the white house with black shutters that stood on Chestnut Hill Ave., almost at Beacon Street, with the houses on Orkney Road visible to the right- not a single commercial structure visible in Cleveland Circle. In the last photo, Beacon Street runs from left to right. The distant hill with houses at the top would be Summit Hill in Brookline.....

Two weeks ago I posted some new photos we just added to our collection..... here are 10 more from these new additions......
07/28/2020

Two weeks ago I posted some new photos we just added to our collection..... here are 10 more from these new additions.......

Sorry its been a while since any posting of historical photos, but even when you're "stay at home", life can still be bu...
07/15/2020

Sorry its been a while since any posting of historical photos, but even when you're "stay at home", life can still be busy at times.... In addition, trying to remember which photos we haven't posted for a while also can be a challenge.... 🙂To that point, I thought therefore I'd share some photos we recently added hard copies of to our BAHS files (about 80), which originally came from a variety of sources, mostly electronic. Some you may have seen before, but hopefully most of you will enjoy nonetheless. I'll try to post a number of them over the coming days.To start, here are a couple of my personal favorites.....

In honor of July 4th, I thought I'd share some appropriate flag related pictures.... most are not actually Independence ...
07/04/2020

In honor of July 4th, I thought I'd share some appropriate flag related pictures.... most are not actually Independence Day related directly, but I think you'll see the theme..... 😊

Hi everyone-  sorry it's been a while since we posted photos for all of you, but now its a quiet Friday night (actually,...
06/27/2020

Hi everyone- sorry it's been a while since we posted photos for all of you, but now its a quiet Friday night (actually, Saturday morning 😊), so thought it would be a good time..... these are technically fairly new photos, but also old..... let me explain:

These are photos of about half of the decorative panels at the new Boston Landing commuter rail station (opened in 2017) on the old Boston & Albany rail line, still a very active train line. While the old Beacon Park freight yards are now closed (relocated to Worcester), which resulted in much less freight traffic through our neighborhood, the tracks still see frequent commuter trains to Framingham and Worcester, and a daily Amtrak train to Chicago. The station at Everett & Guest Streets was built by the MBTA, but paid for by the New Balance Co., whose headquarters are adjacent in the large Boston Landing complex. The station is about halfway between the old Allston and Brighton depots, and is the first train stop in the neighborhood since the old stations closed in the late 1950's.

The Historical Society was asked by New Balance and the MBTA if we could provide old historical photos and captions to decorate the station, and we of course were more than happy to work together with them to make that happen. We are pretty pleased with the end result, and since we suspect many of you may not have been to the new station yet, thought you might like to see what many of these historic panels look like.

In addition to the photos I've taken of the panels, I'm including a number of internet photos of the new station to give you a better sense of this great addition addition to our neighborhood....

Sharing a message from our President, Linda Mishkin........
06/26/2020

Sharing a message from our President, Linda Mishkin........

06/14/2020
Foster Palmer's Boston Trolleys: Central Square to Watertown Trolley, North Brighton

And finally, in this "streetcar video series", a segment showing the streetcars on what is now the Route 70 bus route- Central Square Cambridge to Watertown Square, via Western Ave. in North Allston and North Brighton. There are some great scenes of trolleys passing through the old rotary at Western Ave. and Market Streets.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTs-iROxwjI

Another one of TheMBTADog's favorite trolley lines: the 70 from Central Square in Cambridge to Watertown Square via Brighton, Western Avenue and Arsenal Stre...

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Box 35163
Brighton, MA
02135

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The Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum is open from 11-3 on Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is free. We are located on the lower level of the Veronica Smith Senior Center, 20 Chestnut Hill Avenue, in Brighton Center. http://www.bahistory.org/BHMuseumFirst.html

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My great uncle, Michael Keefe, built a number of houses in Brighton. He and his partner, William Johnston, built houses on Market Street, Elmira Street, Cushman Road, Gardena Street, Etna Street, Hobart Street, Parsons Street and Lynne Road. There were possibly others, but these are the ones I know of. I have documentation from the business which includes mortgages, public works permits, electrical work permits, and bills for plumbing work. I wonder if this is something the Historical Society would be interested in? Michael Keefe was also co-owner of 'Sullivan and Keefe restaurant' which was on the corner of Market and Henshaw Streets. This is currently the Corrib Pub.
Just came across this print online of the Brighton Hotel. Anyone know where it was located? The MFA has Christmas cards for sale with this print. https://cdm.bostonathenaeum.org/digital/collection/p13110coll5/id/1258/
I did a fantastical painting about my love of A-B inspired by a lot of photos in BAHS.org and places I walk around often. I love living here!