Then & Now: Major Taylor and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards, Worcester – Worcester Telegram

Once upon a time the intersection of Central and Union streets, this corner is now part of the property belonging to St. Vincent Hospital, across the street from what is now the DCU Center (called the Worcester Centrum in 1982 when it was built).

When this corner was home to R&R Plumbing (whose address was 135 Union St.) and Jenkins & Robinson Automotive Distributors at 69-75 Central St., the downtown landscape was very different. The high brick buildings in the rear of our Then photo are now gone, replaced by much newer buildings.

While those streets still exist on Worcesters map, they dont quite follow the same path, and Major Taylor Boulevard (formerly Worcester Center Boulevard) and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard were carved out. St. Vincent Hospital and its parking garage now cover the corner where many businesses used to crowd around the railroad tracks.

R&R Plumbing, shown in the 1940s photo, had opened elsewhere in 1905 and moved here later. For many years it has been under the management of the Ritz family, though it is no longer located on the railroad tracks in Worcester.

St. Vincent Hospital was established in 1893 and for many years was a fixture at the top of Vernon Hill. In 1997, the newly merged St. Vincent Hospital-Fallon Healthcare System broke ground for a new hospital on this lot. In 2000 the hospital moved in.

– Melissa McKeon, Correspondent


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