Friday, April 11, 2008

Factory For Sale

Jamaica Plain, 1858.

This map segment shows the starch factory at the Boylston train station, just across Boylston street. Both the train station and the factory sit right on top of Stony brook. This map was published three years after the advertisement below, so perhaps someone bought the factory to keep it running instead of turning it into housing, as suggested in the ad. What did they make starch for? Laundry, paper, textiles, foodstuffs, paint and wood filling among other uses. About this time, they were changing over from wheat starch processing to corn, so perhaps that has something to do with the sale of the factory.

Boston Daily Atlas June 7, 1855

Starch Factory on Boylston street, Roxbury.

Tomorrow, June 8, at 3 1/2 o'clock, on the premises.

The real estate lately occupied by the Boylston Starch Company, situated on the corner of Lamartine and Boylston street, Jamaica Plain, directly opposite the Railroad station, consisting of a large 2 story wooden building, which may be readily converted into a number of tenements, and a lot of land, containing from 15,000 to 20,000 square feet, bordering upon the Providence Railroad.

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