Like many avenues in other neighborhoods, the end of World War II changed everything. Desperate for housing, entrepreneurial homeowners carved the once beautiful structures into several apartment units. During the 1950s and 60s, many fled the neighborhood for ranch homes on large lots in the newer suburbs leaving Burgess Avenue to fall victim to neglect and absentee landlords. Recently, however, many exciting developments have taken place along the small street including the renovation of some of the dwellings. Many more await rejuvenation.
In the top photo, taken around 1900 along Burgess Avenue, you can almost walk into the image. The inviting and wandering sidewalk next to tall trees make this a most enchanting place. Notice the pristine shape of the homes. If you look closely (be sure to click on the photo to make it larger) you can see a distant street lamp. How many of us would like to go back in time and walk down this sidewalk? I, for one, would most certainly volunteer.
In the bottom photos, you can see 307, 323, and 329 Burgess Avenue in the final days of 2012. You will note that 307 (the home closest to both photographers) has been drastically changed over the years, including the alteration of the roofline. The other two homes still possess many late nineteenth and early twentieth-century features. The large oak tree seen in the second photo is visible in the historic photo!
|307, 323, and 329 Burgess Avenue c.1900|
|307, 323, and 329 Burgess Avenue after a winter snowstorm in 2012|
|Queen Anne homes of 323 and 329 Burgess Avenue in 2012|
The stunning historic image is courtesy of Larry Muncie.