Monday, October 7, 2013

Irvington Terrace Bungalow Then and Now

Ridgeview Drive cuts through the heart of Irvington Terrace, a neighborhood in the far eastern section of Irvington.  The first folks to settle here likely came in the late nineteenth century, but this area did not really take off until the construction of Pleasant Run Parkway in 1909.  Speculators and dreamers alike built many beautiful Arts and Crafts, Dutch Colonial, and American Four Square styled homes in a burst of activity from 1910 through 1940.  One of those many structures erected during that time period was that of the Leonard Home at 339 North Ridgeview Drive.  This beautiful bungalow sat and still sits atop a small hill.  Rollen Glen Leonard worked as a draftsman.  He was employed for the Link Belt Company and designed floor-cleaning machines.  His wife, Georgia, was a piano teacher and instructed her students on a beautiful grand piano.  In this wonderful photograph, taken in 1933, Georgia Leonard posed with her daughter Glenna on a summer day.  If you look closely, you can see the young girl's tricycle parked nearby.  Because the house faced west, the Leonards added an awning to help with the summer heat.  A contemporary photograph, taken in 2013, reveals that the charming bungalow has been significantly altered, however, you can see remnants of the former home behind the newer facade.

Georgia and Glenna Leonard posed in front of 339 North Ridgeview Drive in 1933.

339 North Ridgeview Drive in 2013.  
This historic image and information on the Leonard family is courtesy of Jim Brandenburg.

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