Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Lincoln-Mayflower Building

One of the most significant landmarks in the Grove Street Lackawanna station neighborhood for 60 years was the building that, in its final years, was called the Lincoln-Mayflower Storage Building. It was the tallest structure in the area and was on a high piece of ground. It was built about 1912 and was knocked down in the early 1970's during construction of I-280.

                                                     Above: 9/4/1913 soon after the building was completed

The building was originally operated as "J Dietrich Inc Fireproof Storage Warehouse"

 Below: detail from C2743, 6/17/1915

Above: C3017, 10/21/1915

Below: C3018 10/21/1915

By 3/15/1921 it was called the Lincoln Storage Warehouse

                                                              Below X2361, 1/26/1922
                                                             Below X3385, 4/4/1924

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Grove Street Lackawanna Station Area During and Following the Elevation Project, 1921-1924

Photos courtesy of Steamtown NHS (National Historic Site) Archives

Above 8/1922

                                         Above X2361: Looking WSW across Greenwood Avenue in 1922; tall building is Lincoln (later Lincoln-Mayflower) Storage building; Firehouse #2 with training tower in left center; top of Grove Street Congregational Church is at far left, 1/26/1922

Below X2363: the rear of homes on the south side of Eaton Place near its intersection with 14th Street; this is the inclined section of track that leaves the depression or "cut" at Roseville to become the elevated part going through the Oranges, 1/26/1922

Above X2368: looking north across the railroad  along North Grove Street; the railroad was being elevated about 10 feet and then Grove Street was lowered to create an underpass, Grove Court Apts. on left, 1/26/1922

             Below X2369: looking east along the railroad from North Maple Street bridge  toward the intersection with Grove Street, 1/26/1922

Above X2370: looking west from North Maple Street bridge, Commonwealth Building (Main Street and Arlington Avenue) in background, 1922

Above X3385: looking east from North Grove Street, tall Lincoln (later Lincoln-Mayflower) Storage building on right, Grove Street Lackawanna station in center, Greenwood Apts (NE corner of Eaton Place and 19th Street/Greenwood Avenue) in distant left, 1924 

Below: looking east, Grove Street station in foreground, Sacred Heart Cathedral in left background, 1924

Above X3386: looking east from pedestrian bridge that replaced the North Maple Street bridge after elevation, 1924

Above: looking west across North Hollywood Avenue, Grove Street station on right, Grove Court Apartments (fronting on Grove Street) in background

Below X2366: looking ENE, Grove Street station at bottom, Sacred Heart Cathedral in center distance one mile away 1/26/1922

                              Below, 3/1921: looking NW across Eaton Place, The Oval to the left

Above (X1825) and below (X1826) east side of Greenwood Avenue between Eaton Place and the RR 3/12/1921

        Above (X1836) and below (X1837) east side of Greenwood Ave near Main St 3/12/1921

     Above (X1845): Grove Court Apartments, west side of Grove Street between the RR and Main Street 4/13/1921

                        Above (X1839): The Grove Apartments, west side of North Grove Street at RR

                                                                    Above (X1838): looking ESE toward east side of Greenwood Ave a few feet south of the RR 3/12/1921

                                                                    Below (X1831): looking SW at the north side of Hollywood Place; Grove St station is to photographer's right

 Above X1820: looking east from Greenwood Ave, back of homes on Eaton Place to the left, Libman building on N 15th St in center ,distance, 3/11/1921
             Below X1821: looking NE across RR toward houses at the intersection of Eaton Place and N. 16th St 3/11/1921

                                                Above X1822: 3/11/1921

        Below X1828: looking NW at the SE corner of Greenwood Avenue and Eaton Place 3/12/1921

                       Above X1834: looking SW at the intersection of Main St and Greenwood Ave, 3/12/1921

                              Below X1835 the SW corner of Main St and Greenwood Ave, 3/12/1921

Above X1832 and below X1833: looking SW toward houses on west side of Greenwood Ave between RR/Hollywood Place and Main St 3/12/1921

Above X1840, 3/1921: 1st house next (south side) to RR, east side of Grove Street
Below, X1841, 3/1921: 2nd house from (south side) to RR, east side of Grove Street

Above X1842, 3/1921: 3rd house from (south side)  RR, east side of Grove Street
Below X1843, 3/1921: 4th house from (south side)  RR, east side of Grove Street

Above X1844, 3/1921: west side of Grove St between the RR and Main St

Monday, February 23, 2015

Apartment Buildings in the Early 20th Century

Above: The Hamilton, built in 1911, considered the first apartment building in East Orange; SE corner of Central Avenue and South Munn Avenue

Above: 31 Washington Street (NW corner of Washington Street and Essex St); built in 1912, demolished 2001.

                                    Below: Charlotte Apartments, 175 Main St, SE corner of Main Street and South Maple Street; behind it at 2 South Maple Street are the Maple Apartments; both built circa 1911

                               Above and Below: the NE corner of North 19th Street and Eaton Place; The building that fronts on 19th Street is the Greenwood Apartments; the narrow one next to it on Eaton Place is the Stockton Apartments; both built about 1910.

 Above: Carolyn Apartments on the east side of North Grove Street near Eaton Place, probably built circa 1911

         Below: Grove Court Apartments on the west side of North Grove Street near the railroad tracks, probably built circa 1910

Below:The Fairbanks Apartments in Orange, on Main Street about 300 feet west of the Orange/East Orange line; built circa 1908

Monday, February 9, 2015


Sabloff's confectionary store at 101 Eaton Place was one one of the most important places for kids in the Stockton neighborhood for several decades. It was on the SE corner of Greenwood Avenue and Eaton Place, just a block from Stockton School and a few hundred feet from the Eaton Place entrance to The Oval. The store was best known for ice cream and candy, but it also had magazines, newspapers, comic books, and fountain drinks.

Below: The building (on the left) in 1916 that eventually was Sabloff's; view is looking south along Greenwood Avenue across the Lackawanna railroad toward Main Street

Sidney and Ida Sabloff, both Russian immigrants, operated the store and lived above it.

Below: Herbert Sabloff, son of Sidney and Ida, as a senior in the University of Maryland Dental School yearbook

Here is an image from the 1940 census form. Sidney (8/11/1889-5/1/1967) and Ida Sabloff (12/10/1890-12/1981) were born in Russia. Their son Herbert (8/24/1913-11/1976) is listed as a dentist. Their business is listed as a "confectionary store" on the census form, and it looks like they lived over the store at 101 Eaton Place. Sidney's brother Morris is shown as living with them, and Morris is listed as a widower and shown as living in Berlin in 1935. Looks like he made it out of Germany just in time.