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But is it really historically significant that the developer of this property used Roper Gas Ranges in the new rental units? Not really, although it is nice to learn the name of the building and the architect (Anthony H. Quitsow, who designed a number of apartments in the area, some of which are referenced in this blog entry from 2011). So let's take a closer look at the photos below.
You can see that the 1926 angle is more oblique than my photograph. This wasn't my preference, since I always try to match the angle when I can. In 1926 the portion of the block along Devon was mostly vacant, and allowed for a better angle of view. The entire block didn't develop until the 1960s, when the large 1-story building currently in that location was constructed. Sometimes I'm jealous of historic photographs which capture buildings from flattering vantage points which are no longer accessible.
In 1926 there was a tree along the Devon Avenue side, but now the entire Devon parkway is gone. This was typical of streets which became major thoroughfares, As a major east-west route Devon's parkway was trimmed to allow for more traffic (and more parking).
|From the 1928 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map|
The building itself has come through pretty much intact and to have been well-maintained Even the window configurations are similar, although it looks like the casement windows behind the Juliet balconies have been changed to double-hung. But I strongly doubt there are any Roper Gas Ranges remaining...