Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ghost Buildings of Brookline: #1

You don't have to believe in ghosts to find specters from the past lurking in town, signs of things that are no longer here.

From Coolidge Corner to Washington Square to Whiskey Point and elsewhere, vanished buildings retain a presence (if only a small one) long after they're gone.

Once a week or so, we'll present a picture of a Brookline building that can be discovered only on old maps and in old photographs — and in remnants or fragments still here in town.

Do you know where the ghost of the building below can be found? We'll present the answer, along with another ghost building, next week.

Municipal Courthouse and Police Station
Click for supersize view
Municipal Courthouse and Police Station
Washington Street, Brookline Village
Constructed 1900. Demolished 1963.

1913 map showing Courthouse and Police Station
1913 map. Click map for larger view


  1. Town Hall. And the bit above the doorway was preserved.

    1. You're right about the bit that was preserved, though it's the courthouse, not Town Hall. I'll post a picture of the preserved part next week. - Ken