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Historic Neighborhood Photo: Lincoln Wharf

Photo courtesy of City Planning Board photographs, Boston Landmarks Commission image collection, Collection #5210.004, City of Boston Archives, Boston

Back in 1899, the corner of Commercial and Battery Street in the North End looked a lot different than it does today! This area was known as Lincoln Wharf.

Its dock brought many ships with immigrants, primarily from Canada, to unload and come into the city. The second photo below demonstrates some of the busy activity that took place.

Photo courtesy of Citation: City Planning Board photographs, Boston Landmarks Commission image collection, Collection #5210.004, City of Boston Archives, Boston

In later years, with the introduction of the Boston Street Railway, Lincoln Wharf became home to a coal-fired electric power plant that powered the railway, called the Lincoln Power Station. Then, in the late 1980s the power station was converted into a 10-story condominium. All units were sold by 1990 and this building is still there today.

Tune in on Thursday’s to view our featured neighborhood photo from back in the day! Submit your historical photos using our Submit a Post form or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling about your photo.

See past historic neighborhood photo posts.

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4 Replies to “Historic Neighborhood Photo: Lincoln Wharf

  1. LOL. The history of the North end shall hereafter be chronicled as BBP (before bike path) or ABP (after bike path).

  2. I love seeing the historic photos and reading about the past. Thank you . I know unwanted immigrants sometimes came through Canada. I wonder if this is where they arrived?
    Mary

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