Thursday, March 17, 2011
Delmar Business District in 1904
Delmar 1904 Business District
The map above is of the business district in Delmar Delaware in 1904. This is three years after the 1901 fire burnt the town and 12 years after the 1892 fire. So with the exception of the large empty lot facing State street and First street most of the business section had been rebuild. The dark shaded building are brick buildings and those that are just an outline are wood frame buildings. Altho there was suppose to be a regulation that said all buildings after the fire should be built of brick obviously at this point all were not built of brick.
At the top of the map five major Railroad tracks are shown going thru Delmar. In the larger map there are another 4 to 5 spurs shown on it in addition to these five.
In front of the building is a dotted line indicating a porch roof or awning was in front of the buildings.
I took photos of this section this morning to give us some relationship to 1904 and today.
Starting in the bottom tight hand side
Position 1 Corner First and Grove - today is an empty lot. In 1978 when I moved here the house shown on the map was still standing. Shorts funeral Home tore it down and built as parking lot. I have no memory of the brick wheel wright shop behind the house.
The house next to it however is still standing.
Position 2 - Grove St
You see most of the buildings from 1904 today are still standing. There has been some additions added to them but mostly it is all there. In 1904 where the Doctor's Office is was a Hardware store. Next to it was a furniture store and next to it was a clothing store.
Position 3 - RR Ave (Today Pennsylvania Ave) and Grove St.
Starting at the North corner of Railroad Avenue (Today Pennsylvania Ave) The first four buildings were standing. They were a millinery shop, a clothing store, a general store, and a notions shops. An empty lot (today a storefront church is there)followed before coming to the bank (Today the bank is the Barber shop)
Position 4 RR Ave (Pennsylvania Ave )
Again on Pennsylvania Ave (Railroad Ave) There is the bank ( barber shop) and in 1904 five wood buildings that housed - vacant bldg, Grocery store, Post office and telephone exchange, a millinery, and a Grocery store. After the grocery store was the brick LeCates building.
Position 5 RR Ave (Pennsylvania Ave)
The Lecates building was there. The other brick buildings to the left (North) were not there in 1904. The leCates building shows it had a notions shop, a grocery store and a Clothing store.
Position 6 RR Ave and State St again the Lecates Building and behind it was an empty lot where today the pharmacy and laundry mat is now.
Position 7 State Street
shows the back of the today's buildings - in 1904 there was a carriage repository back there.