18 April 2011

Old Addresses

In the 1890s the street numbering system in Cincinnati was changed. An ordinance was passed in 1891, but the implementation seems to have taken at least half of the decade. In the old method, addresses started at 1 on a street and just went up one number at a time, one for each building. In 1891 Council passed a resolution requiring that each lot or each 25 feet be designated a number, and that the numbering start at even 100s at each cross street. In the photo below, you can see that 1424 Republic Street was once 110 Republic Street. ...Except back then it was Bremen Street, but you get the idea:

1895 addresses on Bremen Street

By 1900 the addresses were much simpler:

Renumbering of the City notice in the 1895 Directory (click to enlarge if you want to read):

1 comment:

VisuaLingual said...

I love catching glimpses of the old numbering and the previous street names. Another thing to be on the lookout for is signs with the old telephone exchanges that used letters.