Brown Building (Union Building), corner of Essex and Union Streets, in 2002

Sophia Peabody's family moved into an apartment in this building in 1810, a year after Sophia was born. Herbert St., where Hawthorne was living with his mother's family at the time, is one street over, and Sophia recalled watching Hawthorne as a boy playing in the yard behind the house.
(photography by Lou Procopio) close window