A reader recently left a comment about her great grandfather’s shoe and boot showroom on Lincoln Street, so I thought I would post a picture of this building on Lincoln Street. My assumption is that the building shown was at the corner of Lincoln and Essex Streets (the photo has “Lincoln Street” written on the back). Historic maps show that Essex Street had a slight hitch in it right before entering Lincoln Street, which would account for the slight bend in the façade. I believe the building might be the work of Shepley, Rutan, Coolidge the successor firm to H. H. Richardson’s architectural practice. Another photo acquired at the same time has that firm’s name written on the back, and stylistically the building is a good match--my first thought upon seeing the photo was of the cornice line of the Ames Building, which you can read about here. I estimate the date for this photo to be the 1890s, given the absence of automobiles and the number of electrical wires strung through the foreground. The small signs in the windows of the building say “To Let”. If the building was at Lincoln and Essex, there is no reason to go searching for it today: the site has the on and off ramps for the the Pike and I-93 running through it today. If anyone knows more about this building please leave a comment or email me.
Update: a reader emailed me about H. H. Richardson's Hayden Building and the Lincoln Street building. Read the update here.
Lincoln Street, Boston, 1795; from Summer to Kneeland Street; from Summer Street to Essex Street, 1795; from Church Square to Essex Street by Carleton's map, 1800; confirmed as a public street, September 15, 1834; extended southerly from Essex Street through Batterman Place to the passenger depot for the B. & W. (now B. & A.) R.R. September 5, 1836; accepted, October 16, 1837; part between Harvard Street and Ontario Street relocated to the westward of present location 1844; to Lehigh Street, 1846; now to Station and land of B. & A. R.R. at Kneeland Street.