I know I look lost or a little crazy as I wander the streets of Edina -- for good reason. I mutter to myself as I look at papers in my hand and stand on the street staring at one house after another.
Well, I may be crazy, but I'm not lost. I know exactly where I am. I just don't know whether where I am is what used to be.
Confused? So am I sometimes as I walk up and down different streets in town comparing roof lines in photographs to what I see before me. I try to find the "now" to compare to the "then" in historic photos.
Sometimes I'm successful, but often times I'm not. For one thing, neighborhoods now have a lot more trees that obscure roof lines. For another, remodeling projects and additional home construction inevitably change neighborhoods through time. What was the third house from the corner might be the fourth or fifth.
I have to admit that I gave up on this photo, but new board member and volunteer Doug Fuerst came to my rescue. A resident of Morningside, Doug was more familiar with the lay of the land and could easily (or more easily than I could) identify today's addresses in the photo. (For more information about the photo, see last week's blog post here.)
Here's a map to help orient yourself.
Pretend you're just west of Crocker on Morningside Road. Look east toward France Avenue. Note that in the wide open spaces of a new subdivision, you would see houses on Grimes Avenue and Alden Drive as well as Morningside Road. Edina-Morningside Church at the corner of Grimes and Morningside Road has not yet been built.
Or, instead of pretending, actually stand at that corner and look around. People might think you're a little lost or crazy, but you'll know exactly where you are as you connect "then" with "now."
What do you think? Did we find the right addresses for these houses in the photo? Do you have any house or neighborhood photos in your albums that you could share with us? What memories does this photo bring to mind? I love a good story, so please email me or comment here.
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