Then & Now

  • Everything changes and everything stays the same! The following photographs offer you a chance to compare Chatham's past to the present day.

    52 North Hillside Avenue 1911...

    Chatham born builder, James Collins, built this charming home for his brother Charles in 1911. It stayed in the Collins family until 1952. Shown in the photo are Jeannette, Charles' wife, and their baby Olive shortly after moving in.

  • Everything changes and everything stays the same! The following photographs offer you a chance to compare Chatham's past to the present day.

    52 North Hillside 2012

    A 100 years later, the charm of  a bygone era is on display in this handsome home. True to its original design on the outside as well as the inside with hardwood floors, deep moldings and high ceilings with unique textures and designs.

  • Everything changes and everything stays the same! The following photographs offer you a chance to compare Chatham's past to the present day.

    26 Red Road 1910...

    James Whitton designed and built this home. He incorporated the owners ideas with his various original designs to erect a truly custom home. He had a strong influence in the architectural development of Chatham Heights erecting many fine homes on Hillside Avenue, Red Road, Fuller Avenue and Dempster Avenue.

  • Everything changes and everything stays the same! The following photographs offer you a chance to compare Chatham's past to the present day.

    26 Red Road 2012

    Until 2012, this home has had only three owners. Beautifully preserved through the decades, it boasts many original features such as gorgeous chestnut trim, pumpkin pine floors, pocket doors and a dining room fireplace built from stones found during the excavation.

  • Everything changes and everything stays the same! The following photographs offer you a chance to compare Chatham's past to the present day.

    91 Fairmount Avenue c.1890...

    This grand home was designed by George W. Bower and built by Israel D. Lum in 1876 for Sidney Brower and his family. Early in their careers, Mr. Bower and Mr. Lum worked on many jobs together. They erected many of the larger residences adorning the streets of Chatham Heights.

  • Everything changes and everything stays the same! The following photographs offer you a chance to compare Chatham's past to the present day.

    91 Fairmount Avenue Today

    A 1929 renovation modernized the exterior and updated the interior of  91 Fairmount Avenue. Great care was taken, however, to artfully preserve its original architectural features. Windows with hood moldings; plaster walls with extensive molding detail; and hardwood floors are among the many details original to the home.

  • Everything changes and everything stays the same! The following photographs offer you a chance to compare Chatham's past to the present day.

    Fairmount Avenue School 1911...

    The Fairmount Avenue School was opened to students in January of 1911. It is built of dark red brick and Indiana limestone trim. All the systems installed were the latest technology and the most modern available. The school was truly designed for the 20th century.

  • Everything changes and everything stays the same! The following photographs offer you a chance to compare Chatham's past to the present day.

    Borough Hall Today

    The interior has been extremely altered, but the exterior is true to its original design with the exception of window replacement and the placement of the American flag on the grounds. When the building was built, the planners decided to put the flag on the south side of the building. They did not want the view of the building, of which they were so proud of, obstructed in any way.

News & Events

Post date: August 15, 2017

 

The 2017 recipient of the Chatham Historical Society Margaret Keisler Scholarship is Paul Coyne of Dempster Road. 

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