The current repair work on the Prudential Center Tunnel has traffic tied up on weekends and getting around the area on the minds of drivers. Those of us who walk the neighborhood are more likely to think about the architecture that is there now and what was there before.
From the City of Boston Archives, here's a photo of Boylston Street looking Easterly from October 4,1912.
The Lenox Hotel is the first building you see at the end of the train tracks. And along the left side, you can spot Engine33 and Ladder 15's Fire Station and the Racquet Club (both still standing today) at the corner of Hereford Street.
This aerial photo is from MIT's Kepes-Lynch Photograph collection. It was taken by photographer Nishan Bichajian, May 4, 1957. That is Massachusetts Avenue and the Harvard Bridge running from the upper left to the bottom. Boylston Street runs from the lower left to the center of the right. And, you can see the beginning of the railyards, where the Prudential Center and the tunnel are today, in the middle to lower right.
Here's a view (circa 1930) from the Boston Public Library Collection. This one is looking North from around Huntington Avenue with another view of the Lenox hotel in the upper right.
One final view from the City of Boston Archives looking West from Lenox Hotel. This was taken June 14, 1912 and is part of the Public Works Department photograph collection.
Don't miss any photo opportunity. This Canon PowerShot G15 camera will give you what you need to take stills and video of your Easter celebration. Canon's G series is our all-time favorite for everyday cameras. We own the G10 and G11. They're a little bigger than the compacts most people use, but let you shoot with automatic settings or easy-to-use manual controls that please the many pros who use them as second cameras. And, if you are ready to turn pro, follow our lead. Ed Shoots with the Nikon D7000 Digital SLR too and Penny loves her Nikon D600.
Words: Penny Cherubino
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