Filene’s Downtown Boston

Most people living in the greater Boston area for the past ten or so years will have some memory of Filene’s Department store. Filene’s Basement being even more well know than it’s bigger, and usually cleaner more organized big sister. William Filene began his retail business in 1881 with the Filene’s and sons company. The downtown store was completed in 1912 and in 1929 they sold to Federated Department Stores, who remained the owners until 1988 when they sold to May Department Stores Company. Then in 2005 Federated Department Stores bought May Department Stores and ultimately RE-bought Filene’s. I do know that because the facade holds some historical value to the city whoever owns the property now were unable to tear down the entire structure, ultimately leaving a deserted construction site and a huge gaping hole in downtown Boston.

This is not why we are here though. I had an opportunity to get inside the main floor of the gutted building and make a couple of snappy’s recently. Over all it makes me a bit sad to see it this way but visually it makes a cool location.

Aine standing in the main floor of Filene's

Aine, began working for Filene’s over 22 years ago.

Rusty Antique Handtruck

Rusty Antique Handtruck

Former Filene's Basement

Former Filene’s Basement


About Jack Foley

Beginning my journey in the film lab business many years ago and was lucky to have some great bosses who were also great teachers. They gave me a priceless education into what happens to film during the back end, which in turn taught me, how to be a better photographer. Being a bit of a nerd I moved to digital capture pretty quickly and have never looked back. I do miss those long quite days in my darkroom, but I don't miss the toxic chemicals we used. I have shot everything form weddings to high end fashion advertising and loved most of it equally. I also teach at the Center for Digital Arts and am currently working on a new body of work that will, hopefully, inspire some and become many of this blogs topics.
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