View of Franklin Street before the fire of 1872, Franklin Place and Tontine Crescent, Boston, Mass., 1856-1858
Tontine Crescent, a Bulfinch designed block of residences, is seen on the right side of the image. It was completed in 1794 and demolished in 1858. The block was part of Franklin Street and was between Hawley and Otis Streets. The central pavilion with the pillars was used by the Boston Library Society until 1858 and was replicated as the façade of the Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library on City Hall Avenue. The street on the left is Franklin Place. The structures on both sides of the street and the park were replaced by commercial buildings.