Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Snapshot Reveals Historic Apartments

Mary Katherine and Floyd Mitman posed with their son Floyd, Jr. in the early 1920s next to their home. The Mitmans rented an apartment at 5113 East Burgess Avenue.  Built in 1918, the Craftsman American Four Square row houses were one of the earliest apartment complexes built in the Irvington area.  The Audubon Court at South Audubon Road and East Washington Street predated these units by four years.  The apartments nearest to Emerson Avenue were clad in stucco and wood siding while the other units had brick porches.  At least one set of the row houses has been renovated while the other three still await a renaissance.  Unsympathetic plastic doors have been recently placed in the apartments where the Mitmans used to dwell.

All dressed up:  Mary Katherine and Floyd Mitman posed with their son, Floyd, Jr. c1922 at 5113 East Burgess Avenue

The row houses containing 5113 East Burgess Avenue in 2014

Renovated Craftsman row houses in the 5100 block of Burgess Avenue in 2014
The historic snapshot is courtesy of the descendants of the Mitman family via Ancestry.com.  

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