Saturday, February 7, 2015

RIP: Phineas Street (North Side)

DEMOLITION LIST: These historic homes on the south side of Phineas Street are to be demolished next week for a new hotel project by October Development. Although Phineas Street is one of the oldest surviving streets on the North Side, with homes possibly dating to the 1830s, the street is not designated as a historic district. This means that the buildings, in spite of their age and interest, are not protected from demolition. What does it say about the historic designation process when one of the oldest streets in the city is not considered eligible?


  1. Great site, Jonathan. I also have a deep interest in a lot of these neighborhoods. If you are interested, I have a lot of photos from these places to check out:

    Cheers, and keep up the good work!

    -David Grim

  2. I live in an old brick house on the even side of Phineas street. Before the buildings on the odd side were torn down, I was given permission to extract floorboards from these houses to patch my own floors. Because my home is from the same time period, the original pine flooring matched. A little bit of these homes lives on in my house!


  3. While researching my great grandfather or great, great grandfather I found he lived on Pike Street in the Northside. The City Directory said the name was changed to Phineas. So you can see, I am particularly interested in this string of photos. Now I have to determine if the street numbers stayed the same or not. Just not sure how to do that.