Sports Temples of Boston: Sports Temples of Boston: Images of Historic Ballparks, Arenas, and Statiums 1872-1972

Boston Garden

Boston, Massachusetts
ca. 1960-1969

Built in 1928 by the City of Boston on Causeway Street, upstairs from the new Boston North Station, the facility had a capacity of 14,890 seats and was considered state-of the-art. The Boston Garden was opened in 1928 and became a major venue for Boston’s sports, entertainment, social, and cultural activities. The Garden took over from the Boston Arena as the most important multi-use site in the city. Over the years it hosted thousand of events including professional and amateur sports, circuses, ice shows, and rock concerts. Boston Garden served as an exposition hall and provided a home to political rallies, including John F. Kennedy's famous election-eve address in November of 1960.

As a major Boston “sports temple" the “Gahden” was home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins and team championship banners and retired numbers of mythic sports players were hung from the rafters. The Garden was one of the major boxing arenas in the United States. One of the unique elements of Boston Garden was its intricate parquet floor. Originally built and installed in the Boston Arena on St. Botolph Street, the floor was removed piece-by-piece and reinstalled in Boston Garden in 1952.

The Boston Garden was demolished in November 1997, after the completion of the new Fleet Center, but its legend, lives on with the many fans that sat in its seats and cheered on their teams.

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Bruins Player Hal Laycoe talking with lightweight boxing champ Jimmy Carter at Ye Garden Cafe

1. Bruins Player Hal Laycoe talking with lightweight boxing champ Jimmy Carter at Ye Garden Cafe

Image number: 05_02_010004
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Boston, Massachusetts (1955)

Newspaper caption on verso reads, "Hockey and boxing celebrities get together at today's fight luncheon at Ye Garden Cafe. At left is Hal Laycoe, Bruins' player and Boston sportscaster, talking things over with lightweight champion Jimmy Carter. Carter

Ladies and children at Boston Garden

2. Ladies and children at Boston Garden

Image number: 05_02_010207
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Boston, Massachusetts (ca. 1954)

Group posed in front of plaque entitled, "Roll of Honor, Boston Garden-Arena Corp." Picture of the Boston Olympics Hockey Team, 1939-40 hangs above door.

Pigeons on the floor at Boston Garden

3. Pigeons on the floor at Boston Garden

Image number: 05_02_010209
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Boston, Massachusetts (ca. 1954)

Set up for an unidentified event. Wood planks over floor with folding chairs.

Boston Garden's leading man, Walter A. Brown

4. Boston Garden's leading man, Walter A. Brown

Image number: 05_02_010677
Boston, Massachusetts (ca. 1955)

Garden owner Walter Brown in his office.

Boston Garden owner Walter A. Brown

5. Boston Garden owner Walter A. Brown

Image number: 05_02_010678
Boston, Massachusetts (ca. 1955)

Walter Brown in office at the Garden holds the circulation statement for the Providence Journal-Bulletin papers.

Alice and Helen Peterson pose with the Boston Garden clock

6. Alice and Helen Peterson pose with the Boston Garden clock

Image number: 05_02_010855
Boston, Massachusetts (1970)

Newspaper caption on verso reads, "Bruins garters - Alice Peterson (left) and twin sister Helen of Weymouth display their Bruins garters as they climb ladder in front of Garden clock. The girls are secretaries at the First National Bank of Boston."

Sonja Henie in the dressing room at the Boston Garden

7. Sonja Henie in the dressing room at the Boston Garden

Image number: 05_02_010002
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Boston, Massachusetts (1940)

"She never refused to pose for me at Boston Garden, (when I took this pic I was young, watch her eyes)" is written in pencil on back of photo by photographer.

Harlem Globetrotters in dressing room at the Boston Garden

8. Harlem Globetrotters in dressing room at the Boston Garden

Image number: 05_02_010006
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Boston, Massachusetts (1950)

Newspaper caption on verso reads, "Globetrotters troupe pauses for instructions from Coach Abe Saperstein (far right) before trotting out of Garden dressing room for game against Clark Twins last night. Left to right - Ermer Robinson, Marquis Haynes, Bil

North Station from Custom House

9. North Station from Custom House

Image number: 05_02_010007
Photographer: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
Boston, Massachusetts (1931)

Boston Garden, North Station in center background with Hotel Manger on the left and the North Station Industrial Building on the right.

Gunther Gebel-Williams with his tiger at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Boston Garden

10. Gunther Gebel-Williams with his tiger at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Boston Garden

Image number: 05_02_010070
Boston, Massachusetts (1969)

Newspaper caption on verso reads, "Cool animal master Gunther Gebel-Williams keeps militant tigers under firm control at opening of 99th edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Boston Garden last night."

 
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