Brookline Boulevard - circa 1913
Then and Now
Here is a fascinating view looking northwest towards Brookline Boulevard (circa 1913), taken from behind the home of Fred W. Doerzbacher at 1033 Bayridge Avenue. Doerzbacher was the original Brookline Plumber, and these are his children in the photo.
Visible in this image are Queensboro Avenue coming down from the Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue behind the child on the right. Also visible are homes along Berkshire Avenue. Land development was just beginning to boom in this section of Brookline as new homes are starting to dot the landscape. The majority of the buildings shown here, with the notable exception of the stone home at the corner of Queensboro and Woodbourne, are still standing today.
Regarding the date of this photo. It was originally thought to be from 1906. However, the buildings in the background were not present on 1910 plot maps. They are all located on 1916 plot maps, in the exact order shown. So, we split the difference and chose approximately 1913 as the closest date.
Here is close to the same view looking northwest towards Brookline Boulevard. You can barely see Queensboro Avenue coming down from the boulevard, as residential development and the growth of the trees has blocked the view of the roadway. If you look closely you can identify the buildings in the photo above.
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