Warehouse Fire

A terrible fire struck two warehouses just to the west of Produce Row on North Broadway. The two buildings are apparently a total loss. Debris from the northern building fell on the one story bookstore next door on the corner, which is now closed. This first northern building below was constructed around 1911. These blocks…

American Brake Company

North Broadway never fails to continue to fascinate me. Who would think a bunch of old warehouses and factories would have so much history? They do, obviously. Take the old American Brake Company’s buildings, which sit at Tyler Street. The first building built by the revolutionary company, which designed brakes for freight trains, not for…

North Broadway, Near and Far North Riverfront, Summer 2019

North Broadway never ceases to fascinate me. As usual, I refer to it as a street, and also an area. For example, the above and following two photos are on or around Holly Avenue. The image of east of Broadway, if you have one, is usually one of warehouses, factories, or sadly, abandonment. It is…

Coming Soon: Nothing! The Historic Apartments On Branch

Update: Replaced with a vacant lot, which will probably be here for a very, very long time. The only positive thing I can say about the demolition of the beautiful apartment buildingsĀ on Branch Street, cut off from viability in the 1950s by the interstate, is that I thought the small corner building on the end…

The Intersection of Madison and North Second Streets, Revisited

The intersection of 2nd and Madison Streets remains intact, for the time being, with a wealth of beautiful buildings, many of which have been built since the 1909 Sanborn Map below. The Engine Company No. 28 was already there, and has been restored nicely, looking much the same as when I photographed it over a…

The End for the Historic Apartments, Near North Riverfront

Update: The site is now a vacant lot. Many of us had always held out hope for this beautiful series of buildings on Branch Avenue, just on the other side of the interstate from Old North and Hyde Park. But it was not to be, and they are now being demolished, and pretty soon there’ll…

Baden in Winter #15, North Broadway and Christian Avenue

There is a weird mishmash of buildings around the intersection of North Broadway and Christian Avenue, the first street to the west north of the railroad viaduct. Next to small wood frame houses are cool little Modernist storefronts like the one below. Apparently there is a longstanding problem with cars colliding with this building coming…

Baden in Winter #10, Just North of the Viaduct

There’s a whole cluster of buildings just north of the train tracks at the southern end of Baden and North Broadway. But it is so loud, and such an undesirable place to invest, that the buildings are going vacant, their owners desperately trying to sell them. This building is still occupied by a bar, but…

Baden in Winter #4, 800 Block of Bittner Street

Moving away from the sound of traffic on Broadway, Bittner Street offers some nice, well-kept houses, with most of the buildings occupied. Unlike across Broadway, where the houses are wood frame, these are all solid brick buildings.