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Excerpt from page 151 of "Dearborn's reminiscences of Boston, and guide through the city and environs" printed, published, and sold by Nathaniel Dearborn, 104 Washington Street (1851). On the north-west corner of State and Washington Streets, a seven story pagoda building has just been erected of a truly unique and elegant style. The use of iron pillars and ornaments on its exterior, and particularly in its first story, imparts quite a light air effect and allows an almost uninterrupted inside view of a superb store of goods. Joseph Lyman is owner of this superb edifice, which we are informed has been leased at about $7,500 per annum. George Snell was its architect. This is the spot on which the first shop in Boston was opened by J. Coggan.
Handwritten note on item: Photograph from original glass plate, March 1904.
Gift of Boston Public Works Department (David Rooney) 22 July 1983