Cornhill was a street in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 19th and 20th centuries, located on the site of the current City Hall Plaza in Government Center. It was named in 1829; previously it was known as Market Street (1807-1828). In its time, it comprised a busy part of the city near Brattle Street, Court Street and Scollay Square. In the 19th century, it was the home of many bookstores and publishing companies. As of 1969, Cornhill exists as 144 feet along the edge of City Hall Plaza.
- City Hall Plaza
- Sears' Crescent building (built 1816) 100 City Hall Plaza; formerly 38-68 Cornhill)
- Sears' Block (built 1848) corner Court + Washington St., formerly 70-72 Cornhill
- Previous tenants of Cornhill
- Annin & Smith, 19th-century engravers
- Iver Johnson Sporting Goods Company, Located in the Iver Johnson Building, corner of Washington Street and Cornhill
- Daniel Clement Colesworthy, bookseller, c. 1850s
- Frost & Adams, art supplies
- The Liberator (anti-slavery newspaper), published by Isaac Knapp, Cornhill, c. 1837
- Bela Marsh, 19th century publisher
- F.T. Somerby, painter
Ad for James Campbell, antiquarian bookshop, c. 1860s
- Edward Hartwell Savage (1886), Boston events, Boston: Mutual News Co.
- From 1708 to 1824, a portion of Washington Street was known as "Cornhill;" cf. Boston (Mass.). Street laying-out Dept. (1910), A record of the streets, alleys, places, etc. in the city of Boston (2 ed.), Boston: City of Boston Printing Dept.
- "Cornhill – Once Boston’s Literary Center, Today Replaced by Government Center". Forgotten New England. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "Public way. Open from Franklin Ave to approximately 144 feet easterly." cf. "Street Book". City of Boston. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
- "National Register of Historic Places". U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
- Susan Southworth; Michael Southworth (2008), AIA guide to Boston (3 ed.), Guilford, Conn: Globe Pequot, OCLC 175057014
- Boston Directory. 1832
- Boston Directory. 1857
- American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1, no. 5153
- Boston Directory. 1861
- "Old Boston Booksellers: the Three Burnham Brothers and their Antecedents." New York Times, July 21, 1893. (Mentions Samuel B. Drake and Burnham Brothers, booksellers).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cornhill (Boston, Massachusetts).|
- Bostonian Society has materials related to the street.
- G.Kepes. Photo of Scollay Square From Pemberton Square Looking Across to Cornhill Street, 1957.
- Flickr. Sears Crescent, 1999
- Flickr. Sears Crescent, 2008
- Flickr. Photo, 2009