Remarkably, while most of the neighborhood around them was annihilated, this interesting ensemble of buildings survives.
Of particular interest is the small, later addition that wedded the two buildings together. It is not unheard of for new doors to be added to older houses, but the placement of this door and window is unique
Looking at the Sanborn map, the purpose of this small addition is even more clouded; the map shows a door from the addition to the house on the left. What was the purpose of this little building? Perhaps we will never know. But it points to just how dense this neighborhood once was.