2300 block of Brown
In the McKena's/Brown Street Pub thread there were some questions and comments about the 2300 block of Brown. I'd like to share the collective memories of my classmates.
The NE corner of 24th & Brown was a Ukrainian Cooperative Grocery Store, as of the 50's when their Third Wave of immigration arrived. Fairmount has been a focal point since the pre-WWI days, as was the area near Franklin & Brown. To the east of the Coop, there was a tailor shop, a Barber shop run by a guy named Pretzels, and the NW corner of Bucknell had another tap-room. When that tap room was renovated, I was somewhat surprised, but assumed they wanted to capitalize on the Zoning.
The NE corner of Bucknell had the Trident Savings & Loan. the NW corner of Judson had Karbowski's Bar, now a residence. Earlier maps showed Karbowski's to be zoned as a hotel.
Someone recalls a watchmaker in the middle of those two. I'll speak with a parent on Ringgold about that.
Speaking of conversions and rehabs; one of the best conversions of a store to a residence is 1900 Fairmount. That corner store was the Nicely Tool Company, sort of a smaller Silvo Hardware (100 blk of Chestnut), where I bought nails for my nail guns. The Hess station on that SE corner is a nice residential use of a former commercially zoned property.
no mention of the (Hershey's) ice cream parlor?
Facing east from the southeast corner of Brown and Bucknell (beginning with what is now, and what was then, the laundromat), 1955:
The southwest corner of Brown and Bucknell (what was then a butcher shop), 1960:
Nice. My question about the next block up...how are they going to finish those last 2 houses on the row? Where are they going to put all their crap and backhoes?
Where those new houses are going in was first a movie theater I've heard, then the church?
It was named Boyle's, but the locals called it Dirty Boyle's to differentiate it from another tap room named Boyle's on the SE corner of 25th & Parrish.
Originally Posted by Moonraker
Originally Posted by FMT
Off topic, but if someone is looking for a name of a new bar/restaurant...here it is. A cool draft beer, burger, and BBQ joint called Dirty Boyle's in what will be the "old mugshots" location would be pretty damn cool.
Originally Posted by Big Irish
That's not an ice cream parlor. It was a Mom and Pop candy store. That sign was provided to stores free of charge by the company to advertise the fact that Hershey's ice cream was sold there.
Originally Posted by funk
Nice new plantings at the Ukrainian League. Hope the neighbors appreciate the work, and when it's done, reap a summer of colorful blooms,
Yes, I noticed them on my walk last night. Just a little thing but it really spruces up the front of that building which is otherwise pretty drab.
Originally Posted by dcss1205
(Ukrainian League) building which is otherwise pretty drab.
That was The Style of police Station when built in the late 1800's, it's on the 1895 map, with earlier police buidings going back to 1862.
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