But Benton Park West north of Arsenal is not all 1870s houses; the house above, encased in the stone work I learned to get used to in Baltimore (where it is ubiquitous), has recently been restored. Below, I love this row of houses with gable roofs, a rarity around this part of the city.
This beautiful Second Empire alley house either never had a front house, or was built back on the lot for a large garden.
But abandonment creeps in, even so close to such an iconic church such as St. Francis de Sales.
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I’ve often wondered if the city would put signs such as “Interested in buying this property? Call xxx-xxx-xxxx to find out how” would help curb some abandonment.
That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
The house in the last photo is finally being rehabbed!