West End, From Hamilton Avenue

Update: See an apartment building right on Hamilton Avenue from the spring of 2021.

Hamilton Avenue, one of the last major north-south avenues in North City east of Skinker, contains a wealth of early Twentieth Century architecture, as it passes through the West End.

Most of the houses are occupied and are in excellent shape. Many are still in the same families that bought them back in the mid Twentieth Century.

These apartments are looking good; I often see buildings of this size poorly maintained with garbage strewn about the front lawn.

The storefront below sits empty and there are unfortunately not many open businesses in the neighborhood.

I was alerted to Oakherst Place, just west of Hamilton a series of gently curving streets recently where house are made of concrete block, which was a new technology at the times.? The mix of architectural styles, eclectic in nature, never ceases to intrigue me.

Update: The house above was renovated in 2017; I went back in the late summer of 2019 to check up on the historic district. There is another area of concrete block houses nearby, which I looked at in March of 2022.

It is probably too late for this house; it seems impossible to imagine someone securing financing from a bank to salvage it.

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  1. I love the concrete block house (second from the bottom with the do not enter sign partially visible). Shame to see it overgrown and dilapidated as it is.

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