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Frog Hollow is the name of the neighborhood directly to the west of the Buckingham Square District I’ve been presenting. I stumbled into it by continuing along Capitol Avenue beyond the State Capitol. The indented paragraphs below were taken from the Nation Registry of Historic Places (NRHP) nomination form. This is a huge district to be added to the Registry, but the last paragraph might explain that fact.
Frog Hollow takes its name from the marshy conditions once caused by the Park River, which forms the northern boundary of the district. The main railroad line beside the river provided the backbone for late nineteenth-century factory development, and along with the factories came houses, schools, churches and stores, all built on what had been undeveloped farmland. This classic working-class neighborhood of thirty-five square blocks, southwest of downtown, exists at present much as it did at the turn of the Century.Nation Registry of Historic Places nomination form
Clearly-defined features form the northern and western boundaries. At the north is the Park River (now diverted underground), lined on its southern edge with the factories which employed many local residents, and on the west is the open space of Pope Park. To the east, Lafayette Street separates the district from the larger scale development of Washington Street. On the south, Madison Street defines the traditional limit of the working-class neighborhood.
The two main arteries of the district, both running east-west, are Capitol Avenue to the north, on which fronted the factories, and Park Street on the south, which was and is the shopping center for the district. Between these two streets and extending three blocks south of Park Street is a dense working class neighborhood made up primarily of multiple family dwellings with the churches, schools, clubs, and stores that serviced the community. The area was entirely developed after 1850 with a peak of activity coming in the years 1890-1910.–
I find the following paragraph the most satisfying and interesting.
Since 1910 there has been no major redevelopment; urban renewal has passed the area by. Consequently, there are relatively few intrusions in the area. Along Broad Street are a number of poor-quality twentieth century apartment blocks and there are other recent buildings of insensitive design, particularly along Park Street. A noticeable amount of physical deterioration has occurred, again particularly along Broad and Park Streets, as the economic fortune of the neighborhood declined with the closings of the factories. Neighborhood associations are now mounting a strong effort to reverse the decay.Nation Registry of Historic Places nomination form
There are a number of historic buildings in the Frog Hollow area. I hope to be able to get enough photos to spend a few weeks here.
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