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Puller-Downer: 1937

Puller-Downer: 1937

Nov. 4, 1937. "General Alexander Macomb house, 125 Main Street, Belleville, Essex County, New Jersey. Remarkable for being a seven-bay front. Demolished March 1940 on account of tax burden." Former abode of the Hero of Plattsburgh. Photo by R.M. Lacey for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

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Love to explore!

Would love if that were still there today, and left untouched since 1940! What stories the old house could tell.


I always wonder with American buildings of that time and age, would that have been a proper stone house, or are those stones only siding, with timber underneath? The add-on looks like timber outright.

[Details here and here. - Dave]

Thanks, Dave. Wow, 1'-10" brownstone. Impressive.

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

It would have been nice if the heroic general's residence had been replaced by an equally grand new structure, but alas all that's on the site today is a rather rundown commercial building:

Side Entry

Shame it is gone, wonder what the side entry was for.

[It's a boardinghouse. - Dave]

Thanks, that fire escape should have been a clue.

As per Craigslist

"1bd attic apt avail, historic district, fantastic views, outside private entrance, parking, $500 month + sec dep, credit and criminal backgrounds req, it's like having your own place."

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