Much of what is depicted in the picture below no longer exists even before 1960. The Sixth Street School no longer exists, nor does the "Tripartite bridge to West Eighth Street" AKA "Sixth Street Viaduct."
The viaduct was built in 1906 and was used until the early to mid 1930's when bus transportation began taking over the work of moving passengers. The viaduct was gone by 1940.
The City Hospital as shown on the map is before the addition of the 1950's which will take up a good portion of that city park empty space along side of the hospital as depicted in this photograph. That space was originally the location of the city cemetery known as "Skeleton Park."
If you look to the upper right hand corner of the Skeleton Park photo you can see the top portion of 6th Street School. This particular picture of Skeleton Park was taken sometime in 1898 or before. The City Hospital probably hadn't been built there yet.
First let me add one more map:
Using this map and some photos we can reconstruct this portion of this particular area.
This picture probably dates before 1900.
This is pretty much the same view as the previous picture only taken from the yard of the first, or last depending on your direction of travel, house on the south side of West 4th Street. We apologize, some of these pictures have people in them. The people in some of these pictures are not important to the topic of the article, so if you can look past the people. It is the rest of the picture that tells the story of this article.
Fast Forward to 2011
These two houses still exist today as they had prior to Route 11 and 1961.
This side of the street had these two houses then a back yard of a house the fronts on Drury Lane. Next came the Pickering house and after that a double house. That took you to West Alley. That house with the white side up there at the end is the Bendheim House, 401 W 4th St. There is a picture of it further down.
Behind the man and baby you can see on the far left the edge of the Pickering House and then the double house that takes us to West Alley.
Where the man and boy is walking is West Street. You can see the shadow cast by the Newell Bridge on the ground. The smaller house on the right of the picture was the house for the servants when the big house on the rise was owned by Oliver Burford, one of the three brothers who owned and operated the Burford Brother Pottery. On the far side of the street you can see that second house in the flash forward picture. Then the back yard of the house fronting on Drury lane and next the Pickering house. The date of this picture is suppose to be 1946.
Notice top center of the picture the house with the steeple type roof.
This is that house.
The Bendheim house, 401 West 4th Street. Originally a family by the name of Feldman lived there.
This finishes the north side of the 400 block of W 4th Street.
If you were to go back up and look at the 123 Sanborn Fire Insurance map you would find the following Street numbers for the houses beginning at the Newell Bridge and moving right (east) to Monroe St. 443, 441, the backyard, 433 Pickering house, 429-427, West Alley, 423-421, 419-417, 415-413, 411 Steeple house, 407, 405, 401 Bendheim house.
One final look up the street with the north side showing decently.
South side of the street.
All three of the last three pictures were taken from the Newell Bridge along side the toll booth shelter. The reason I said this will become clear when we start part 2.
Notice that white cottage. It will show up a few more times before we are done.
CONTINUE TO 400 Block West Fourth Street 2