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Ambler Rambler: 1907

Ambler Rambler: 1907

Cleveland circa 1907. "Drive leading to Ambler's Heights." Slow down, and mind the dust. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Now MLK Jr. Drive?

Based on the topography (including the exposed rock on the higher side of the road) and the curve, I wonder whether this was taken facing northwest on that portion of Park Boulevard (now Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) that lies downhill from the area that would become the Chestnut Hills Drive neighborhood (now within the boundaries of the Ambler Heights Historic District). If so, Ambler Park lies downhill, to the left.

Still AMAZINGLY the Same

Ambler Heights Historic District

" example of the successful marketing of “garden city” living to the wealthy during the first stage of the suburbanization of Cleveland. It consists today of 66 original, single-family, architect-designed private homes, one original home which has been converted to use by a retirement community..."

Engineers survey Ambler Parkway, 1895. WRHS.

Still the Same

Although not as rural as it once was, this area is still a high income, fashionable neighborhood known as Chestnut Hills well southeast of the city.

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