Thursday, February 24, 2011

Northwest Corner of East Washington St. and Arlington Avenues--Then and Now

These four photos show the significant changes that have taken place at 5930 and 5934 East Washington Streets over the years. The tiny image from 1936 (click on it to make it a little larger) shows Hattie Jones Ruhsenberger (1872-1973) and Charles A. Ruhsenberger (1869-1959) with their granddaughter Ann Hart (Stewart). The larger photo was taken in 1957 before the two homes were demolished for a filling station. The photo reveals that 5930 was a beautiful Dutch Colonial Revival home (1906). A tall tree obscures the view of 5934, but you can click on a previous post to see a 1920s era photo the front facade.

The newer "now" photos taken in the winter of 2011 reveal that the filling station has been closed and is now a tax service business. Irvington residents know the property well because of the dancing Statue of Liberty who boogies down along the sidewalk during tax season. You may see a photo of him taking a break to chat with a friend who has pulled into the lot. The historic images are courtesy of Ann Stewart.

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