School Street is a short but significant street in the center of Boston, Massachusetts. It is so named for being the site of the first public school in the United States (the Boston Latin School, since relocated). The school operated at various addresses on the street from 1704 to 1844.
Effectively a southeastern extension of Beacon Street, School Street runs one or two blocks (it is bisected by Province Street on one side) from Tremont Street to Washington Street. Along the way, it passes King's Chapel, Boston's Old City Hall (on the first public school site), and the historic Old Corner Bookstore.
The Parker House hotel, 19th-century meeting place of politicians and literary figures as well as the origin point of several famous local dishes, is also located along the street.
- Past tenants/activities
- Boston True Flag (c. 1852-1864)
- Richard Clarke (merchant) lived on School St., 18th century
- Harding's Gallery (Boston), no. 22 School St., 1830s-1840s
- Horticultural Hall, 1845-1860s
- Merry's Museum published on School St. in the 1840s
- Moses B. Russell, miniature painter, 19th century
- Saturday Club (Boston, Massachusetts), 19th century
- Second Universalist Church; Hosea Ballou, pastor 1817-1852
- Antoine Sonrel ran a photography studio, 1860s
- Union Circulating Library, 1804-1811
- Watch and Ward Society, circa 1890s-1900s
- Boston Street Laying-Out Dept. A record of the streets, alleys, places, etc. in the city of Boston. 1910.
- Boston Almanac, 1841, 1847
- Gleasons Pictorial 5. August 6, 1853.
- Directory of the Charitable and Beneficent Organizations of Boston. Old Corner Bookstore. 1891.
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- Henry Jenks. Old School Street. New England Magazine, Nov. 1895
Winter view of Franklin statue and City Hall, 19th century, by John P. Soule
Harmoneons performing at Horticultural Hall, 1851
Railroad Jubilee, procession forming at City Hall, 1854 (from Gleason's Pictorial)