SC&L in the late 1920s, apparently after the Art Deco treatment.It is remarkably clear from the demolition how weak of a shell this building was. Interesting to see live all the claims well documented above that a facadectomy was impossible.
I believe this is after they widened Arlington and rebuilt the facade on that side. When they did that, they essentially compromised the structural integrity of the building and made it unable to be saved/built over.SC&L in the late 1920s, apparently after the Art Deco treatment.
They didn't carry architectural elements on the original / modified? Boylston facade over to the Arlington facade.
VE even back then.
More photos of the old interior here. Art Deco!
The original architect was William Gibbons Rantoul, who was born in Beverly Farms. Rantoul St. named after his family? His architectural forte was residences for the well-to-do. He had little experience designing large commercial buildings. The original building was not designed for Shreve Crump and Low, (Circa, 1900, SC&L's store was at Tremont & West streets. SC&L moved to Boylston St. in 1929, after the architect William Truman Aldrich remodeled the building with an Art Deco overlay.) IIRC, the original building was used as a commercial school for young ladies. I can't recall whether it was purpose-built for that.