Discovering Shaw, Part 2: Castleman Avenue Between Grand Boulevard and Spring Avenue, South Side

Crossing the street and then looking at the houses on the south side of Castleman Avenue, we see there are just as beautiful houses. Again, there is no alley, so there are driveways.

We see houses with gambrel roofs, such as the one on the right, typical of Dutch Colonial houses, like we saw in the Skinker Debaliviere neighborhood. Obviously these are much more lavish than their Seventeenth Century predecessors in New York.

In fact, this street looks like it could easily be in the historic boundaries of the West End (not the smaller North City neighborhood which is portion of it), which stretched from west of Midtown to the city limits.

And, as usual, architects planned corner houses to have compositions that worked on both elevations, as you can see below.

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