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Making tracks to Katz Pharmacy

Street scene in old Boston, featuring trolley tracks and Katz Pharmacy

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.



coolidge corner?

Despite the best efforts of the last 200 years.


I was sure it was the Riley's Roast Beef building, looking down Brighton Ave, at Harvard Ave. But looking on Streetview, that building looks different, so I think I'm wrong.

Looks like the corner of Brighton and Harvard, where old Riley’s used to be. Not Melvin’s , that for sure.

But I think it is looking north on Harvard Ave. from Brighton Ave. (current Holy resurrection Orthodox Church on the right?)

Katz Pharmacy was located at 290 Blue Hill Avenue, which would be the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Quincy Street. Looks a lot different today.


What is that large building down the street on the right? Looks like a church or something. I would think that would still be there today, but I don't see it on Blue Hill Ave.

That could be Saint John's Catholic Church.
On that side of Blue Hill Avenue, looking north from Quincy Street, a couple of blocks north of Quincy. Bromley shows the church building near the front of the property, there's a bit of a curve in Blue Hill just before it, the corner building and adjacent shortest one-story shops are gone, but next building seems to match... I think you have the winner.
I had been trying to match the church building, but couldn't. The Polish church near Andrew Square was a possibility, but didn't quite line up.
Saint John's church building is long gone, replaced by senior housing I think - Cardinal Medeiros Manor. Saint John was "merged" with Saint Hugh (Grove Hall) - later combined with the long-merged & moved Saint Francis deSales/Saint Philip to become Saint Katharine Drexel.

It's not the Riley's building, as Gary pointed out. That building is shaped differently and it lacks the decorative scrollwork thingie up on top.


There's a similar building at the corner of Huntington and Longwood (which is, or was, an actual pharmacy for a long time) but it also looks different.


I remember it if that's the place.

The photographer is facing north.

Note both the trackless trolley wires and streetcar tracks. The streetcar line was converted to trackless Christmas Day, 1948. This route subsequently was converted to motor bus April 1962.

Evening service was run along this street through to and from Ashmont from 1957 to 1970. The final vestige of this service on the modern MBTA bus route is a special, Saturday-only trip which departs Ashmont at 5:00AM destined for Ruggles via Talbot Avenue and this street. The final trip of the day from Ruggles is also run through to Ashmont.

The ancient creek which marked the boundary betwixt the Towns of Roxbury and Dorchester is about 500' east of this intersection buried within a culvert.


Brigham circle?

You don’t need an ad for PBR in Allston.

Buncha hipsters with their PBR and old timey clothing.

You're a funny one Mr Dines.

Pabst was a chaser for a taste of Old Thompson, just a stick beer, as was Knick, Ganset , Black Label, and Schaefer.

on the left?

Thanks for playing folks! This is Blue Hill Ave and Quincy Street in September of 1948.

You can look at a higher quality image and zoom in here: https://cityofboston.access.preservica.com/uncategorized/IO_3117fc29-ab6...


I wonder if this is the same Katz Pharmacy that was in Framingham when I was a kid in the 70s. My family used them til they closed....

Nice example of one of the many Jewish owned businesses that once dotted Roxbury. There are still a few old line family owned Jewish businesses around Rox and Dot still hanging in from the glory days, but not many.

Not far from Pearl hot dog plant kosher produced on Quincy at the time, unlike KM Chelsea hot dogger, got to get Eddie Andelman for a professional opinion on taste.