Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Then and now: 400 block Melrose Ave.

The photo below came from the late Louis Vukovcan's collection and is one of the collection's very old photos of Ambridge stamped "Maj. E. A. Weed" on the back. You can read the fascinating story of Maj. E. A. Weed in my February 21, 2015 post "Sixth Street and Melrose Avenue, 1904."

"View to Melrose from Merchant St Ambridge
400 block - 1904"
photographer Major E. A. Weed
Louis Vukovcan collection
photo courtesy of Stacey Brock
used with permission

I couldn't duplicate the view of Maj. Weed's photo because more buildings have been constructed on Merchant and Melrose since 1904. But thanks to the empty lot on Merchant St. where the Economy Furniture store once stood, I could still photo some of the houses from Merchant. The three houses at the far left in the photo below appear to be the three houses at the far right of the 1904 photo.

Part of the East side of the 400 block of Melrose from Merchant St.
 October 30, 2014

Here's a better view of the three houses, taken on Melrose Ave.

Part of the East side of 400 block of Melrose Ave.
May 2, 2015

The photo below shows the houses towards the left center of the 1904 photo, mostly unaltered except for the addition to the one next to the garage.

Mid- 400 block, east side of Melrose Ave.
May 2, 2015

Here's a photo showing all of the houses, taken from the north end of the 400 block looking south.

400 block, east side of Melrose Ave.
May 2, 2015

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