12 thoughts on “N Maryland Avenue, 1955

  1. March 2016, cherry blossoms popping, just like today in March 2023…

    Lots of developments on nearside of street in this photo. What was an entire vacant block of pleasant grass, became a modern apartment building by 2012. And the entire block of houses just left and out of view of toady’s image, was completely razed by 2019 and an even bigger box condo was built. I’d estimate at least 200 living units combined.

  2. (hopefully the third try worked, if not I give up. it’s just the overhead map of the blocks around today’s location…)

  3. Wow…looks like the apartments my grandparents lived in – maybe late 40’s.
    It had recessed parking behind the apartments.

  4. The right way to do infill – a four-plex that still looks good 70 years later. Will the skinny houses stand the test of time?

  5. It might be astonishing to learn how much it originally cost to build and compare it to the amount of revenue that little fourplex has generated for the owner, or owners, in a nearly seventy plus year rental, or leasing history.

  6. Mike Kerwin, who worked for Marv as an auto body repair man at Corvette Specialty’s on SE Hawthorne around SE 40th Avenue in 1964, brought a red 1954 Chevy Bel Air convertible back to life with a brand new interior and exterior.

  7. Debby, I think the skinny house I owned across from Berkeley Park will age well because the garage was on the ground floor, and the front entry was on the second floor with a nice south-facing deck (3 stores total). This configuration is far nicer than those with the entry on the first floor. I think small clusters of skinny houses are best (4) because I know of one huge development built on 15-20 acres that are all ground floor entry design that could become ugly if folks don’t keep their places up.

  8. We could have had more of this kind of housing, but it was banned in favor of street parking and 800 square foot bungalows on 5000 square foot lots. The consequences for not keeping up with growth are all over our streets and the big boxes are probably the tamest one.

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