Views of Symphony Hall

Views of Symphony Hall

SH-ExhibitWhile the outward appearance of Symphony Hall has changed very little since its opening in 1900, there have been many changes to the surrounding streets, buildings, and businesses. The photographs and postcards in this case show an assortment of views of the Hall that document some of these changes over time.

 

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Featured Photographs
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A view of the Huntington Avenue/Massachusetts Avenue corner of Symphony Hall, ca. 1900

Photographer Unknown
Westland
Corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Westland Avenue, showing the corners of Symphony Hall and Boston Storage Warehouse, October 1916
The storage warehouse, built in 1881 with the silo-like towers added in 1890, was demolished in the late 1950s.

Photograph by Thomas E. Marr & Son, Boston Public Library Print Department
Horticulture
A view of the Huntington Avenue/Massachusetts Avenue corner of Horticulture Hall, April 1920

Photograph by Leon H. Abdalian, Boston Public Library Print Department
A view of the Huntington Avenue/Massachusetts Avenue corner of Symphony Hall, ca. 1935, before construction of the underpass

Photograph by Benjamin Morse
MassAve
A view of Huntington Avenue, looking towards Massachusetts Avenue, ca. 1935, prior to the construction of the subway

Courtesy of Historic New England, John Booras collection of glass plate negatives (33314)
Symphony-1935
A view of Huntington Avenue looking towards Symphony Hall and beyond from Gainsborough Street during the construction of subway tunnel, ca. 1935

Courtesy of Historic New England, John Booras collection of glass plate negatives (35828)
Symphony Hall view, looking down Huntington Avenue towards Gainsborough Street
Includes a clear view of the Huntington Avenue underpass, which was completed in 1941.

Photographer Unknown
Gainsborough
Looking toward Symphony Hall and beyond from the corner of Huntington Avenue and Gainsborough Street, September 2019

Photograph by Sid Limitz
Postcards
Symphony Hall Postcard Collection