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Dorchester Atheneum
Dorchester Atheneum
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 Organized in 1856 and incorporated in 1857 the Dorchester Atheneum was a private subscription library located at the corner of East Cottage Pleasant and Pond Streets. The organization issued a catalog of books owned in 1857 and again in 1870. The 1889 Bromley atlas shows that the building was at that time no longer owned by the Atheneum.

The Edward A. Huebener collection of over 100 bricks originally collected by Mr. Huebener exhibits brick paintings of the houses from which the bricks came. The bricks have upon them painted scenes of (mostly) old Dorchester houses and landmarks. To see a list of all the bricks, choose the term Architecture in the list at the left of the screen and choose the first subsection -- the Edward A. Huebener Brick Collection and scroll to the bottom of that page to see icons for all the bricks.

Dorchester Atheneum Lot
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 The 1859 History of Dorchester says: In March, 1856, several gentlemen in the north part of the town suggested the idea of a society for the promotion of social intercourse and mutual improvement. Among the most active were John J. May, Ambrose H. White, and Amasa Pray. A public meeting was called, and such progress was made that the old Everett school-house was soon purchased and removed from Sumner Street to the Junction of Pleasant, Cottage and Pond streets, and remodelled to suit the purpose of an Athenaeum and a library. Its first officers were John G. Nazro, President; John J. May, Secretary; Ambrose H. White, Treasurer; Amasa Pray, Jacob Davis, Ebenezer Clap, Jr., and Michael O. Barry, Trustees. March 14th, 1857, it was incorporated, for “the purpose of establishing a library and a reading room, and for advancing useful arts, science, &c.”

Plan dated 1870 showing the intersection of Pleasant, Pond and Cottage Streets and the location of the Dorchester Atheneum.

Map Detail Dorchester Atheneum
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 Note that in 1856 a new building for the Everett School had been dedicated. The 1858 Walling map of Norfolk County shows both the new Everett School and the Dorchester Athaeneum.

This detail from the 1858 Walling Map of Norfolk County shows the location of the Edward Everett School and the Dorchester Atheneum.

Possible model for painting
Dorchester Atheneum
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 Photograph in the collection of the Dorchester Historical Society,
probably used as a model for the brick painting.

Another Photograph
Dorchester Atheneum
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 Another photograph of the Dorchester Atheneum.

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Here are some images from the Atheneum archive related to this topic. Click on any of these images to open a slideshow of all 1497 images.
General View of Dorchester AvenueCharles Logue School, Walk Hill StreetEdward Everett School, Pleasant StreetWinter Garden Skating Club
Oakland HallOakland Garden Amusement Park91 Adams Street75 Linden Street
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Created: March 15, 2010   Modified: April 16, 2011