Fox Park has an amazing mix of housing styles, from these “micro-mansions” with their Second Empire stylings to more simple but beautiful Italianate row houses.
The view is always great from the park, too. These early Twentieth Century apartment buildings are unique in that it’s 1.5 buildings, not one or two. Normally there are double windows in between the doors.
The German settlers of the neighborhood are preserved in their old signs, such as this one for corner market. The lot in front never had a building until it became a gas station, now remediated and demolished.
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Re the ghost sign for a market – “fasnacht” is a type of fried doughnut from the German name for “Carnival,” celebrated right before lent. It is possible that the “S.F.” part of the name refers to a type of that pastry; I could not discover that.
It would appear that the name of the market might be “South Western.”
If “S.F. Fasnacht” is truly the owner’s name – he is “S.F. Doughnut?”
Kinda reminds me of how JFK was criticized by some by declaring “Ich bin ein Berliner” back in ’63.
Love those ghost signs!
Tom, many German last names are incredibly literal, often comically so to our English speaking ears!
There are “Fasnachts” in the area, I’m one of them. I’ve been curious if S.F. Fasnacht is a person or part of my family tree. 🙂