The Roslindale Historical Society


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Corinth Street at Belgrade Avenue, Winter 1945-1946


This great photo was taken at the top of the stairs leading from Robert Street to the Communter Rail T Station during the winter of 45-46, according to the Chevrolet billboard for their newest 1946 model. The Esso gas station, which you can just see the top of, was in the small area now known as the Alexander The Great Park. When we were kids in the sixties, the owner of the gas station was nice enough to let us use his bathroom, which is unheard of nowadays. The building's back and sides were dug into the cliff only about six feet - it was a very unique building, and if you visit the park you'll be able to see its outline.

The ornate building on the left corner of Corinth was built as the Roslindale Cooperative Bank; it now houses the wonderful Square Root Coffeehouse. The group of storefronts on the right corner are now home to Sullivan's Pharmacy. If you look closely down Corinth, you can also see a gabled three-family homealmost on the corner with Cohasset Street; that home has been replaced by the large one-story brick structure housing a bank. And if you peer all the way down Cornith, you can just see the old Firehouse on Washington Street where the Library is today. And Corinth is a two-way street!

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A Treasure Trove of Roslindale Info from 1904!


We've produced a searchable pdf of a beautiful large-format booklet from 1904 touting the benefits of living in the new suburb of Roslindale! Lots of great photos and biographies of local luminaries. A rabbit hole well worth going down!

You can find it on our new "pdf" page here.

Global Boston: Roslindale

An excellent short history of Roslindale by Marilynn S. Johnson of Boston College, this page also includes links to articles about longtime Roslindale residents Josef Porteleki (Roslindale Hardware), Tasula Macrides, and Tony DeBenedictis (Tony's Market).


A project of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, Atlascope is an interactive layered system of antique surveying maps of Boston. With it, one can see how the neighborhoods, streets, and even lots have changed since the 1800s. A rabbit hole you definitely want to go down!