Skipping over the block of California Avenue between Osage and Keokuk since I felt it was already well-documented, we get to the block just to the south of Chippewa.
There are a lot of relatively small houses, with the typical side entrance for privacy, before we get closer to the commercial strip.
Then we get to the first storefront; Chippewa was so bustling that commercial interests began to spill over onto the side streets such as California Avenue.
The new Chippewa Park development, a collaboration between RISE and Lutheran Development Group, has restored the beautiful commercial building on the corner, along with other buildings around the neighborhood.
Turning around at Chippewa, a wonderful historic photograph from the Great Streetcar Strike shows what California looked like in 1900.
It looks largely the same, with just the sad lost of that Second Empire apartment building facing California Avenue.
The houses on the east side of the street look to be built at the same time.
The “The Beauty of Dutchtown” series continues with Number 37.