THEN AND NOW: Feldman Baking Co

Here is a view of Feldman Baking Company in November 1935.  It was located at the corner of Division and Edgar in the former Jacob Baker & Sons building.

Feldman Baking Company displaying their fleet of International trucks 1935
Feldman Baking Company displaying their fleet of International trucks 1935

Here is that same view present-day.  The bakery was later bought out by Colonial Bakery and the surplus building was storage.  It was razed around the mid 1980s likely for a Berry Plastics addition

Lloyd Expressway access ramp about where Edgar St used to connect
Lloyd Expressway access ramp about where Edgar St used to connect

For more information on the Jacob Baker & Sons building, check out HistoricEvansville.com

http://www.historicevansville.com/site.php?id=bakerj

Then and Now: Maple Manor

Maryland St, 3000 W
Bockstege Residence c1920

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.

 

Maple Manor 2000
Maple Manor 2000

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?

Bockstege residence on Historic Evansville.com – http://www.historicevansville.com/site.php?id=maryland3000w

Then and Now: Stockfleth residence (273 Washington Ave)

Originally written 12/21/2009

Residence of Henry Stockfleth ca. 1904
Residence of Henry Stockfleth ca. 1904
Same house in disrepair in 2007
Same house in disrepair in 2007

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.

UPDATE:  This house was razed in April 2010

273 Washington Ave on HistoricEvansville.com
http://www.historicevansville.com/ site.php?id=washington273

Scottish Rite – the former First Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Originally posted 2/1/2010

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, now the Scottish Rite, at the corner of Chestnut and 2nd circa 1910
First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, now the Scottish Rite, at the corner of Chestnut and 2nd circa 1910

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.

Scottish Rite today from a similar angle
Scottish Rite today from a similar angle

First Cumberland Presbyterian on HistoricEvansville.com
http://historicevansville.com/site.php?id=cumberlandpresby

Then and Now: Owl’s Home

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.

(407 N First Ave) on HistoricEvansville.com
http://historicevansville.com/site.php?id=firstave407n

Boetticher Residence c1895
Boetticher Residence c1895
New Owls' Home circa 1923
New Owls’ Home circa 1923
Owl's Home - now razed
Owl’s Home as it looks now