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Historic Aerial Photo
updated: Jan 29, 2014, 12:00 PM

By SBWATCHER

Many thanks to Neal Graffy and other edhatters who were able to figure out where the house covered in climbing roses was located. After learning that it had been on the first block of West Anapamu Street, I checked an early 1920s aerial photograph of that area and there it was, still surviving about 20 years after the 1901 photograph with the roses was taken! Here is an enlargement of a portion of the aerial image showing the house in the upper left corner. The roses are gone by then and the round tower is clearly visible.

The aerial photo was taken from over the Courthouse looking west across the intersection of State and Anapamu Streets. A row of houses and apartments lining Mora Villa Avenue runs from in front of the rose house off to the upper right corner of the picture. Just below the house at left center is the San Marcos Building which was severely damaged in the 1925 earthquake but later rebuilt. The square building at lower center is the Main Post Office, now the SB Museum of Art. The small, sandstone building on the northwest corner of the intersection right of center housed Pelch & Blauvelt, barbers and cigars, in the early 1920s. An electric streetcar was passing through the intersection just as the photograph was taken.


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UPDATE: Neal Graffy weighs in on the 1901 historical house photo posted on Saturday. (01/28/14)
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