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West Avenue: 1905

West Avenue: 1905

Newport News, Virginia, circa 1905. "West Avenue residences." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Not the same

It is such a shame that Newport News fell apart a bit (at least this area did). We used to go to church in this part of town and it's very neglected. There are businesses moving in and condos; trying to spruce up the place...but then there are still the old homes that were never updated or cared for that you can get for $10.000-$40,000 bc they are in such poor shape.

Large Fruit?

Why does it look like there's a Watermelon on that guys head?

[Looks like the kid next to him is about to bop him on the head with a football while the one on the right stifles a case of giggles. - tterrace]


I was curious to see how this street looked today, if any of the buildings remained. I looked it up and found the building pictured towards the middle, looking rather sad. A shame the other lovely examples of victorian architecture didn't survive (from what I could see/find anyway...) Thus is life I suppose.

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