Here is the old Bockstege home located on West Maryland St. The name appears on the pediment of the wrap around porch. From atop the West Mayland hill, the house made of buff brick commands a view of the city.
Here is the same house today, now as Maple Manor Apartments. The porch has been enclosed, no doubt to make for more rental units. Much of the original detail of the building remains including the tile roof. One has to wonder what the inside now looks like?
Here is one of the grand old homes on Washington Ave then and now. This is the residence of Henry Stockfleth, a real estate agent, built around the turn of the century. Built by the architect firm of Harris & Shopbell, this photo appeared in a booklet showcasing their designs.
Fast forward 100 years
The house is still there but in poor condition. There have been rumors of the turret being sliced off with a chainsaw. Recently the porch has been completely removed and the prospect for saving this house is undetermined.
I always thought the Scottish Rite was an eccentric building. We had school dances there including my senior prom. When I was doing research I discovered the old First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, sometimes called Chestnut St Church, at that same location. I started looking into it and found out that that church and the Scottish Rite are one in the same and you can still see details of the old building if you look closely.
First Cumberland Presbyterian, built in 1876 to replace the old church across the street, was a beautiful church (shown at left around the turn of the century) that dominated the skyline with its massive towers. It prospered for many years at this corner until the Cumberland Presbyterian church merged back with the Presbyterian church. The congregation joined with Grace Presbyterian in 1909 and moved into their church at 2nd and Mulberry in an equally splendid building. The vacated church was then sold to the Masons and used as a Shriners Temple / Masonic Lodge
We are still looking for the specific deatils but sometime in the 1960s or 70s the corner tower was removed and the front addition was built completely changing the street presence of the building. A current view of the Scottish Rite from the side (along 2nd St) and from the rear really give you a feel of the magnitude and scale of the original church.
Originally posted 1/8/2010 Update: the Owls relocated and the old home was razed May 2012
As an homage to the First Avenue area, we’re highlighting 407 N First Ave. The house was built in the late 19th century as a residence for Ed Boetticher of Boetticher Kellogg & Co.
In 1924, the Owls moved from next to the jail and the house at the northeast corner of First and Michigan became their lodge. Several additions and the removal of the tower really take away from the grandeur of the home but the lintels around the window hint of what once was.
As a side note, his partner Charles Kellogg lived in another mansion that lost its tower at 1113 Parrett St, now being reused as part of Kirby’s catering.