The total elision of the R, and the amazing, broad, flat A, as in “Park Street,” give to Bostonian speech a magnificently indigenous tang; hint at juniper and spruce forests, rocky fields, pumpkins, Thanksgiving and pie.
Boston is just like other places of its size; only perhaps, considering its excellent fish-market, paid fire department, superior monthly publications, and correct habit of spelling the English language, it has some right to look down upon the mob of cities.
0. W. HOLMES
Let every child that is born of her, and every child of her adoption see to it to keep the name of Boston as clean as the Sun; and in distant ages her motto shall be the prayer of millions on all the hills that gird the town: “As with our Fathers, so God be with us.”
R. W. EMERSON
There is a region, lovelier far than Eden’s vales and vistas are; Serene and sheltered in repose from every stormy wind that blows; A place than all besides more sweet; at once you know it, Beacon Street!
Boston. A Poem, by A. F. W.
Boston is one of the grandest, sure-footedest, clear-headedest, comfortablest cities on the globe. Unlike every other large city I was ever in, the most of the hackmen dont seem to have bin speshully intended by natur for the Burglery perfession. And its about the only city I know of where you dont enjoy a brilliant opportunity of bein’ swindled in sum way, from the risin’ of the Sun to the goin’ down thereof. There4 I say, loud and continnerd applaus for Boston!
THE development of Park Street, from the time of its origin in 1640 as a rude pathway leading across the easterly part of the Common, through the present State House grounds to the Beacon, may be conveniently divided into four periods. In the early days the pressure of bovine hoofs was doubtless an important factor in its maintenance as a well-trodden trail up the incline to the summit of the hill. The building of the Almshouse in 1662 marked the beginning of the second period, which lasted about one hundred and forty years, when Centry Street was lined with public buildings devoted to the care of the worthy poor, vagrants, and criminals. Space was also reserved for the impounding of stray animals. The third or residential period included practically the whole of the nineteenth century, when Park Street was built up with the homes of many prominent citizens. The houses numbered one to four, as also number nine, the Amory-Ticknor dwelling, were built in 1804, and the others shortly thereafter. Some of these were reconstructed wholly or in part by later owners in conformity with the Bulfinch style of architecture. Finally, within recent times, mercantile interests have acquired control of a majority of the estates; and the year 1907 marked the disappearance of the last resident on this street. Park Street Church was built in 1809 on the site of the Granary.
Among the many to whom the writer is indebted for assistance are J. Collins Warren, M.D.; Bernard P. Verne, Esq.; Walter K. Watkins, Esq.; Miss Margaret Fitzhugh Browne, Miss Katharine P. Loring, Miss Jane L. Motley, Mrs. Charles H. Gibson, Mrs. Francis J. Moors, Miss Annie H. Thwing, Dean Rousmaniere; and Messrs. Charles K. Bolton, Alexander Corbett, Jr.; Frank H. Chase, George Francis Dow, Edward Dunham, William Lyman Johnson, Julius E. Tuttle, Charles F. Read, George A. Sawyer, Francis Manning, Andrew McCance, and William B. Clarke.
State Road, Boston
THE LAYING OF THE CORNER-STONE OF THE STATE HOUSE
THE TOWN POUND
THE PUBLIC GRANARY
THE GRANARY BURYING-GROUND
NUMBER ONE PARK STREET
NUMBER TWO PARK STREET
NUMBER THREE PARK STREET
NUMBER FOUR PARK STREET
NUMBER FIVE PARK STREET
NUMBER SIX PARK STREET
NUMBER SEVEN PARK STREET
THE UNION CLUB HOUSE
THE AMORY-TICKNOR HOUSE: NUMBER NINE PARK STREET
REMINISCENCES OF PARK STREET, BY J. COLLINS WARREN, M.D.
PARK STREET CHURCH
THE ESTATES NUMBERED EIGHTEEN AND TWENTY ON THE SOUTH
SIDE OF BEACON STREET
NUMBER SIXTEEN BEACON STREET
NUMBERS TWELVE AND FOURTEEN BEACON STREET
THE ATHENAEUM LOT: NUMBER TEN AND A HALF BEACON STREET
THE MOLINEAUX ESTATE
THE BOWDOIN ESTATE
THE BROMFIELD HOMESTEAD
THE HINCKLEY MANSION-HOUSE
THE SEARS ESTATE
THE LLOYD MANSION-HOUSE
THE PADDOCK ELMS
THE TREES ON THE COMMON
THE GINGKO TREE ON THE COMMON
ULMUS CAMPESTRIS VENERABILIS
Colored Frontispiece From a fireboard in the Collections of the Bostonian Society
PARK, BEACON, AND TREMONT STREETS IN 1722
From an ideal sketch based on Bonner’s Map and surveys in the City Engineer’s Office, Boston. By courtesy of Dr. James B. Ayer
VIEW OF PARK STREET FROM THE STATE HOUSE
THE OLD GATE AT THE CORNER OF PARK AND TREMONT STREETS
PARK STREET CHURCH ABOUT 1870
From a photograph owned by Dr. J. Collins Warren