Cornhill, Boston

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Cornhill, Boston, 1962

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).[1][2] 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.[3] As of 1969, Cornhill exists as 144 feet along the edge of City Hall Plaza.[4]

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Previous tenants of Cornhill



  1. ^ Edward Hartwell Savage (1886), Boston events, Boston: Mutual News Co. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Cornhill – Once Boston’s Literary Center, Today Replaced by Government Center". Forgotten New England. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Public way. Open from Franklin Ave to approximately 144 feet easterly." cf. "Street Book". City of Boston. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places". U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  6. ^ a b Susan Southworth; Michael Southworth (2008), AIA guide to Boston (3 ed.), Guilford, Conn: Globe Pequot, OCLC 175057014 
  7. ^ Boston Directory. 1832
  8. ^ Boston Directory. 1857
  9. ^ American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1, no. 5153
  10. ^ Boston Directory. 1861

Further reading[edit]

  • "Old Boston Booksellers: the Three Burnham Brothers and their Antecedents." New York Times, July 21, 1893. (Mentions Samuel B. Drake and Burnham Brothers, booksellers).

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Coordinates: 42°21′34.58″N 71°3′27.81″W / 42.3596056°N 71.0577250°W / 42.3596056; -71.0577250