Historic Pelham

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rare Image of Peham Town Hall in North Pelham Before It Burned on October 23, 1908

There are virtually no extant photographs of the old wooden courthouse built by the settlement of Pelhamville that became Pelham Town Hall before it burned on the evening of October 23, 1908.  I have written before about this Pelham Town Hall and previously have publlished one of the few known photographs of it.  See Tue., Apr. 21, 2015:  The Early History of Pelham's Town Hall, Built in 1909.

Immediately below is the well-known photograph of the old Town Hall building.  Though undated, it purports to show the old Town Hall on an unspecified election day.

Detail from Undated Photograph of the Original Pelham
Town Hall on Fifth Avenue on an Election Day. The Building
Later Burned on the Evening of October 23, 1908 in a Suspicious
Fire. Source: Courtesy of The Office of The Historian of The Town
of Pelham. Note: Click on Image to Enlarge.

Detail from Plate 20 of John F. Fairchild's
Atlas of Mount Vernon and Pelham Published
in 1899 Showing Location of Original Meeting
Hall and Courthouse on the Fifth Avenue Lot
Where Today's Pelham Town Hall Stands.

Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog publishes below a very rare image of the old Pelham Town Hall on Fifth Avenue taken from an undated post card released before the building burned in 1908.  

Detail from Undated Post Card Showing Old Pelham
Town Hall on Fifth Avenue Before the Building Burned
on October 23, 1908 and Subsequently Was Replaced
by Today's Pelham Town Hall.  Note the Notices Attached
to the Front Door and to the Bulletin Board Next to the Door.
NOTE:  Click Image to Enlarge.

Perhaps two of the most striking features of this rare image are the unpaved nature of Fifth Avenue in front of the building and the lack of any visible residential or commercial development adjacent to the building.  The photograph is a quaint reminder of what it was like in downtown Pelham more than 100 years ago.

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