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    CONSTRUCTION OF MAIN ROOF OF THE BOSTON GARDEN, 1928. Boston Herald-Traveler Photo Morgue, BPL Print Department. 

    The Boston Garden opened on November 17, 1928, over the railways of North Station at Causeway Street. At center, the framing for two levels of seating begins to take shape.

    Construction of main roof of the Boston Garden
    • Date
    • 7/11/28
    • Description
    • Newspaper caption on verso reads, "The first of the seven roof trusses supporting the main roof of the new North Station Coliseum was raised into position today. These trusses are the largest of their kind in this section of the country. They ... more
      Newspaper caption on verso reads, "The first of the seven roof trusses supporting the main roof of the new North Station Coliseum was raised into position today. These trusses are the largest of their kind in this section of the country. They span 40 feet more than the trusses of the Boston Arena and each one carries twice as much roof area." less
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    • Under copyright.; All rights reserved.
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    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commmonwealth
    • Is Part Of
    • Boston Herald-Traveler Photo Morgue; Misc: Railroads: Boston & Maine: Stations; Print Department

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    AERIAL VIEW, NORTH STATION, ca. 1935. BPL Fine Arts Department. 

    This aerial view shows the tracks of the Boston and Maine railroad line at left and Causeway Street at right. 

    Aerial view, North Station
    • Date
    • ca. 1930/1939
    • Description
    • Aerial photograph showing roof and facade of the Boston Garden. The Hotel Manger is to the left of the Garden. Facade faces on Causeway Street. Boston and Maine trackage visible to left of photo.
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    • Rights status not evaluated.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
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    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commmonwealth
    • Is Part Of
    • Fine Arts Department

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    ELEVATED IN FRONT OF NORTH STATION FROM THE HAYMARKET SQUARE RELIEF HOSPITAL, 1929. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    Elevated in front of North Station from the Haymarket Sq. Relief Hospital
    • Date
    • Sep 22, 2029
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Title and date from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve.
    • Rights
    • Copyright Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
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    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection

The Boston Garden opened in 1928 above bustling North Station. Considered one of the premier indoor venues of its time, the Garden attracted professional sports franchises—most notably Bruins hockey and Celtics basketball—as well as a wide variety of shows, sporting contests, and rallies.

The Garden’s location above a rail station reflected the common practice at the time of locating arenas in urban centers near public transportation. With seats for roughly 15,000 fans, the stadium boasted over twice the capacity of the existing Boston Arena across town.