Friday, October 13, 2023

Delco Realty News from 100 years ago!!


I do not know where this picture is and I'm looking for help in getting an address. This picture is from about 1915. The far house has uncommon windows. Please share and let me know.
Thanks Keith

Note: Beginning in 1912 the Chester Times began a column called, "  Delco Realty News ". The column was published once a week and covered businesses, homes and in some cases all building permits issued. The column is interesting and has great information. Below is a column from 100 yeras ago, October 6, 1923.


 October 6, 1923 


Construction of Aberfoyle Manufacturing Company’s Weave Shed

          Builders say that nowhere in Pennsylvania will be found a more modern and comprehensive “weave shed” than the one now in course of construction by the Aberfoyle Manufacturing Company at Tenth and Chestnut Streets.  The new building will be a most valuable addition to the present Arasapha-Aberfoyle plant, which is steadily growing in size and importance.

          Two hundred and ninety-eight tons of structural steel are being used in the one-story building, although the structure has an exterior appearance of being three stories in height.  It has a floor space of 26,000 feet and will accommodate 392 of the latest improved looms.  The looms will be of the individual motor driven type, and the last word in the cloth-weaving line.

          Besides these modern features, the building itself will be equipped with the most modern humidifying and heating facilities.  There will also be an electric power vacuum cleaning system installed that will not only be the means by which the floors and machinery will be kept clean, but will also reduce the fire hazard to a minimum.  The health of the operators will also be safeguarded by reason of the installation of automatically controlled thermometric ventilating devices, which will provide an even temperature in the room at all seasons of the year.  Again, when the building was planned, care was exercised to have the building face to the north, so that an even light will penetrate through the saw-tooth skylights, and thus relieve the eyes of the operatives from glare of the sun.  Toilets and dressing rooms of the latest sanitary design will also be provided for the 150 additional hands that will be employed.  This service will be arranged to accommodate the help in separate locations as to sex, and not a single feature that could possibly add to the welfare of the employees will be overlooked.

          The new structure will be connected with the main building of the original Arasapha plant by a swinging bridge, a feature made necessary so as to allow for trucks to traverse the driveway between the two buildings.

          Because the company is anxious to complete the new building as quickly as possible, no basement was constructed, although all the footings and necessary concrete piers have been put in to meet all requirements in that line.  The basement will, however, be provided later.  The plan is to make the basement ten feet in height.  It will provide the same floor space of the floor above and will answer many requirements of the general plant.

          The building will be ready for occupancy before the rigors of winter appear.  When the new addition is put into operation, the hands will be surrounded with all the comforts known to modern industrial science, it will also be another worthwhile demonstration of the fact that the Aberfoyle Company leads industrially.

          William Provost, Jr., has the contract for the erection of the building.

          BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED – Permits calling for building improvements to cost a total of $23,500 were issued during the past week by Building Inspector James A. Devlin.  The largest amount mentioned was in the permit secured by J. R. Bruner to construct four two-story brick houses at Lincoln and Butler Streets.  The operation will cost $12,000.

          Other permits were:

          Two-story brick house for W. J. Johnson, at 915 Edwards Street to cost $1,500

          Brick garage for Morris Mailman, rear of 1528 West Third Street to cost $300

          Porch for William B. Evans at 320 East Ninth Street to cost $1,500

          Two-story concrete garage for Burke and Hamilton at rear of 1139 Madison Street to cost $1,600

          Corrugated iron garage for B. H. Bloom, northwe3st corner of Mowry and Howard Streets to cost $250

          Concrete bock garage for Morris Tollen at 416 East Twentieth Street to cost $515

          Two-story brick house for James F. Carey on west side of Central Avenue, between Third and Fourth Streets to cost $3,000

          Brick garage for Mike Kasenski at 725 McIlvaine Street to cost $500

          Two-story frame addition for R. J. Shoemaker at 912 Crosby Street to cost $1425


1 comment:

  1. Is there any pictures of the corner of 9th & Ridge Ave in Darby pa in the 1900’s