Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Street Medallion

I noticed this on the sidewalk and walked past it. I stopped and did a double-take, literally. I realized if I didn't go back and take a picture I would regret it and never be able to find it again. Street medallions generally go unnoticed by most of us, but some can be quite artistic and even colorful.

I did a search on the name and all I could find were links to Fenway Park. It appears that this was a construction company and was involved in a 1934 renovation at Fenway Park. I'm sure if I went to the library and did some old fashioned research I might be able to find more information. Does anyone recognize the name?


Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

The medallion is very, very cute.

Did a little search too. Nothing on that company, but... Look here. :) Did it come up on your search?

Clueless in Boston said...

Hi Fénix, Thanks for your comment. Yes, I did come across that site looking for information on Coleman Bros. but s/he had no info on them either.

Anonymous said...

Nice post. Interesting to read. And the research sparked my interest too.

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NorthBayPhoto said...

Excellent photo! I hope we will see an update on the info once your research is complete.

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Jules said...

Don't know anything about it but the horse is cute!!

Great posts clueless I have enjoyed all your photos in Boston!!! Such a great city for history it appears.

Clueless in Boston said...

Northbay and oldmanlincoln, I have discovered that Coleman Bros. were General Contractors incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and were located at 245 State Street in Boston.

I found mention of them being active from the 1880s to at least the 1950s. They built houses, commercial buildings, tunnels, bridges and even Fenway Park, at least to make it more durable in the reconstruction begun in the Fall of 1933. They were partnered in the Fenway Park job with Osborn Engineering of Cleveland, the firm that designed the original Fenway Park in 1911.

The directors of the company in January 1935 were Pres. J. F. Coleman; Treasurer and Clerk of Corp. W. R. Coleman; along with W. F. Kearns, Jr.