I was driving downtown the other day via Tals Corner, and noticed that a landmark building is vacant, might be on its way out....(landmark maybe only to me).
Tals Corner...when I first moved here I thought it meant a persons name or nickname.."Tal" or "Talley" (like 'Talleys Corner', that work of urban sociology).* Turns out it stands for Third And Linden +Springfield Streets...TALS...Tals....the threeway crowsfoot intersection between these three streets.
Originally Third ended here and forked out into two turnpikes, one to Xenia (which became Linden) the other to Springfield (which became Springfield Street).* Around 1870-1871 a horsecar line was built to about Findlay Street and Thrid was extended east...
The area to the west of the corner was older, though, mostly subdivided during the antebellum periods and Civil War erar (some as part of the Dayton Hydraulic waterpower development).
This is one of Dayton outlying buisness districts, but you can see grand old houses, still, from the horsecar era.
Coming into Tals Corner from Springfield Street:
Note the mural on the walls, and fancy signwork. This building was still a grocery when I moved to town in 1988, ("Midnight Market") later it became a used record store....
Old mansion between commercial buildings
A Mexican store...this place was the former "La Tienda", the guy who ran it was some sort of activist type, but got involved in some illegal immigration scam and was busted.* The place is now under new owneship.* Though Mexican the store is here this isn't a Mexican neighborhood... there are no true barrios in Dayton.
Second Empire next to 1920s or Teens commercial...
19th century commercial.* Donut shops seems to be a local thing here in Dayton.
...an old italiante foursquare villa hidden by a modern addition:
Wide, wide Third Street looking west toward downtown.* The horsecar, later streetcar, lines went down the middle lanes.* The area here is moving into an industrial area that developed around the canal and railroads...we are very close to the Front Street waterpower district
Looking back east downt Third.* The street maintains this width until the Linden/Springfield split, then it narrows a bit as it heads deeper into east Dayton.
Originally a Presbyterian church...dates to at least 1875
The Huffman Historic district is the streets to the south, off of Third...these sidestreets to the south are still intact..to the north of Third the housing was all removed.
The Huffman Historic District people have a good online Street by Street Tour, where they have pretty much documented the neighborhood in pix....I didn't take any pix of the great old houses on Linden Street (which is the southern entry into Tals Corner) as they are already online at that site.
Interesting pix..note the facades on all three of these buildings have been altered or modernized to convert the old houses to commercial uses
Except this one, which is a contractors office:
Big old apt building.* This must've been a busy area in the 1920s...
This vacant lot was once the site of a fairly big & grand looking neo-romanesque building, fairly tall too, that I think might have been a lodge hall with retail on the ground floor.* It was apts in 1988.* But it burned in the early 1990s. and now a nice view opens up to the industrial belt in the adjacent neighborhood.
More former retail at the point
Coming into Tals Corner from Linden
..and the point itself...between Third & Springfield Streets
Looking east down Springfield Street
Looking east down Third to the area subdivided in the 1870s...pix of this neighborhood in a later thread..