Rhodes Block // 1905

Located at the prominent intersection of Harvard and Washington Streets in Brookline Village, the Rhodes Block commands the site with its almost cartoonish take on Georgian architecture. The structure was designed by architect William C. Collett for George Talbot, a major landowner in the Brookline Village area. As the two intersecting streets were widened for increased traffic at the turn of the century, he decided to raze the wood-frame buildings on the site and construct new, modern commercial blocks for lease. The design featured a brick building with storefronts at the chamfered corner. The eye-catching swan’s neck pediment which appears to be made of metal. The main tenant of the building was the Rhodes Brothers Company, a grocer who specialized in fresh fish, meats and produce. The building was occupied as a grocery store until the 1970s when it was occupied by a liquor store and is now a bank (which doesn’t really enhance the pedestrian realm).

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