Marcus Avenue Between Greer and Ashland Avenues, West Side, The Greater Ville

I was glancing at these apartments above when I turned to the right, looking up Marcus Avenue.

It soon became obvious that just about every single house on the west side of the street (I’d captured these houses in the corner of the last photo of this post in September of 2021) has had its front façade altered or completely replaced.

This happened throughout the city, but I’ve never seen it in such a concentration. Were there problems with subsidence, necessitating repairas, or was there just a group of homeowners that just wanted to keep up with the Joneses?

Certainly with the case below, there was a dramatic need for relaying of brick due to deterioration of the upper courses of the front wall.

And, wow, this four-family has had its whole appearance dramatically altered in the mid-Twentieth Century.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Emily J says:

    Just a guess, you might want to have a look at the path of the 1959 or 1927 tornado. I wa# just talking to someone yesterday whose grandmother’s house was in the path of the 1959. She said the fronts were ripped off all the houses across the street. Didn’t get the address, though.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      That is a very good thought! Judging from the style of the windows, it would most likely be the 1959 tornado if that was the case.

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