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No. 2449: Police Station and Library, Lower Mills
Postcard #2449

Postcard. Caption on front: Police Station and Library, Dorchester Lower Mills, Mass. Postmarked Dorchester Center Station, Aug. 27, 1907 with one-cent stamp. On verso: No H. 12792 The Robbins Co., Boston, Mass. and Germany.

 This building is on the site formerly occupied by Dr. Brewer's mansion and gardens in the 1840s. The Dorchester and Milton Bank was chartered by the State, March 17, 1832, with $100,000 captial and with Moses Whitney as prsident. It was located in the Tolman Building on Washington Street. June 1, 1850, the vaults were robbed of $31,921. The name was changed to Blue Hill Bank, March 28, 1851. Asaph Churchill became president in October, 1853, and the name became The Blue Hill Bank of Dorchester. A national charter was granted October 3, 1864. A second robbery occurred in September, 1867, when $10,000 was taken and Mr. Bispham gagged and bound. In 1872, the Bank was moved to the brick building at the corner of Washington and Richmond Streets. E.J. Bispham became president and S.J. Willis cashier in 1876. The name was changed to The Blue Hill National Bank of Milton in 1882, when it was moved to Associates Building, Milton [not the same as Milton Savings Bank]. In 1882, the building at the corner of Richmond Street was sold to the City of Boston. Station 11 of the Police Department was for a long while located here. The building seems to have been the delivery station for the public library from 1882 onward and later housed the Lower Mills branch of the Boston Public Library. It is now a private residence.
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Created: July 26, 2003   Modified: July 26, 2003