Thursday, February 19, 2009

Niagara Falls Then and Now: House lost on Park Lane (PART TEN)

above:  Apr.18, 2008 - looking at the north-side of Park St. (at the head of St. Lawrence Ave) in Niagara Falls, Ontario (see map). Although this house faced onto the north-side of Park St., for decades this house stood at the west end of former Park Lane, which was an access road for a number of houses which faced the north-side of Park St., just west of Crysler Ave. (formerly Welland Ave.)

It was here that the Michigan Central railroad tracks passed in front of these houses, between them and the road, preventing access from the street; so Park La. paralleled Park St., on the north side of the tracks, so that people could access their homes. Park Lane started on the west side of Crysler Ave., just north of the railroad tracks, which themselves were on the north side of Park Rd., and went west to where this house stood, just east of St. Lawrence Ave.

The railroad tracks ran along Park St. (seen in photo below) between where the red fire hydrant is seen, and the tree behind it. Park Lane was located behind the tree, in front of the houses; in fact it was right beside the houses, so close that passing vehicles sometimes scratched the front of the houses driving down this narrow access route.
above: photo taken today, Feb.19, 2009, by R. Bobak - the three-storey house house at the far left (west), formerly on Park Lane, was under demolition this week, between Feb.16 and Feb.19, 2009.
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This post documents the demise of another downtown Niagara Falls, Ont. building, which, like many other buildings seen in the historical photographs of my Then and Now series of posts, has now been lost to all but fleeting photographs and memories.
above: Feb.17, 2009. Brick veneer removed from left side of house. Click on photos to enlarge!
above: Feb.18, 2009
above: Feb.19, 2009
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above: added next day, as seen Feb.20, 2009
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above: Feb.17, 2009
above: Feb.18, 2009
above: Feb.19, 2009
above: added next day, as seen Feb.20, 2009
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above: Feb.17, 2009
above: Feb.18, 2009
above: As seen today, Feb.19, 2009. Tomorrow there will be nothing left of this home, already it is a memory of our past; a building lost, not to be found again.
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Below shows the building site, as it was the next day, on a frigidly cold, grey Feb.20, 2009:
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Above photos by R. Bobak.
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Below: video of the demolition of the house on Park St., taken Feb.19, 2009, by R. Bobak.


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To see the next post in this series, click onto Niagara Falls, Buildings Lost and Found, (Part ELEVEN): The Petrie House Mystery.

To go back to the beginning of this series, click on Niagara Falls, Buildings Lost and Found, PART ONE.
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And, if you're interested to learn more about old downtown Niagara Falls, Ont., then see my other series of photos at  Niagara Falls, Then and Now: Old Storefonts on Queen St., PART ONE.
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