Saturday, November 3, 2007
A Forest Hills Puzzler
This post card shows the Forest Hills Elevated station looking from near Hyde Park avenue and Woodlawn street. Notice the brick building in the background to the left. It's over on the far side of the railroad tracks, on what was St Ann street. I'll give a jelly donut to anyone who can tell me about that building. I have a foggy memory of the building as I would have seen it looking from South street and the streetcar line. The problem is, I have no memory of it being there in the late sixties when I was a teen, so it would have to have been torn down between 1960 when I lived on Spalding street and 1967 when I began spending time on South street again.
1/09/08 - with the help of some fire insurance maps, I've figured this one out. The building in question was Arborway Court. It was owned by Joseph J. Lannin, who also owned the still-surviving Fordham Court on South street. Lannin owned the Red Sox as well, as told in this Jamaica Plain Historical Society article.