Picture found at JPHS web site.
Bromley, 1931 (BPL)
This picture, and my previous post about the Perkins Institution for the Blind kindergarten at the same location, made me think about a follow-up entry. The problem is, I have little detailed knowledge of the history of the site through the 20th Century, so I can only give a loose outline of the property's use. Rather than wait until I can nail down dates, I've decided to put the little I do know online, and hope that those with more knowledge than me can fill in the details and correct any mistakes.
The first institutional use for the site seems to be the Perkins kindergarten. When they moved to Watertown, the House of the Angel Guardian orphanage and school purchased the property, as described below. Some time later, the property became the home of the Cardinal O'Connell Seminary, which fronted on South Huntington avenue. In 1976, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Angell Memorial Hospital for animals moved to the site. That's all I've got so far, and I'm hoping this post will draw Google searchers who can add to our knowledge of the site.
The House of the Angel Guardian was an orphanage and school located on Vernon street in Roxbury. The institution was founded in 1849 by the Rev. G. F. Haskins, and in 1876 passed to the control of the Brothers of Charity. In its time the home was one of the major charitable institutions of the city. After the Perkins Institution and School for the Blind moved their kindergarten to Watertown, the House of the Angel Guardian purchased the property and moved to Jamaica Plain. The picture above shows the Angel Guardian facility at the corner of Day and Centre streets at Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain. The entire area around the old building was razed, with even the streets being eliminated. A segment of Vernon street shows up in a Google map, but the section where the House sat is gone. In a strange case of architectural conservation, a cupola from the building was saved, and sits near its old home on the plaza of the Boston Center of the Arts on Tremont street, doing duty as a kiosk.
Boston Daily Globe April 9, 1914
Rev Bro Amadeus Coming. General Superior of Brothers of Charity Will Inspect Proposed Site for Home in Jamaica Plain.
Rev Brother Amadeus, general superior of the Brothers of Charity, is expected today at the House of the Angel Guardian, the Roxbury home of that order, accompanied by Rev Brother Philmen, his assistant, and for eight years the provincial superior in America.
While in Boston for two days Brother Amadeus will visit the Jamaica Plain property purchased by the brothers last August, with a view to making it their home, and will inspect the plans for development. Because of the necessity of his being back in Belgium for the May elections he will not have the time to visit the schools and institutions of Boston as is his wont.
[continues with information about Brother Amadeus]
Tremont and Ruggles streets should help orient you. While you're at it, note the ball field at the top right - Fenway isn't the only professional baseball field Boston ever had.