Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Photos of pre-crappified Elmhurst

St. Bart's and Elmhurst presents:

Historic Elmhurst Photos


Anonymous said...

Conrail in the 1930s? How about LIRR?

Night before Chistmas written at the Perry Estate? How about calling it the Moore House and ditching the literay reference?

Queens Blvd cemetary? How about First Presbyterian Church of Newtown Cemetary.

All that is missing from mislabeled captions is Queen Catherine.

Interesting photos, would have been made much more powerful with then and now images.

Anonymous said...

Sigh...Yeah, my neighborhood has turned to shit....

Anonymous said...

Fascinating!! Thanks for posting all of these and for the "before" and "after" that you were able to include! My great-great-grandfather married into my family in Texas but was originally from Queens (Civil war era), so it's amazing to see some of the buildings that date from his time.

Anonymous said...

What about all of the farmland or forest that was destroyed to build these buildings? I'm sure the destruction of all of the trees would have put most readers here in a rage! You think wistfully about 19th and early 20th century era construction but forget about was destroyed to create it. This picture is an excellent example of over development in a bygone era. The only way to stop being hypocritical is to either accept progress and the rights of property owners in the current day or hold 19th century and early 20th century property owners to the same standard. Although saving old buildings is a noble cause, these building were also the cause of the destruction of some valued objects in their own right.