Pine Street & Morse Place
Looking South

December 9, 1942; Louis L. McAllister

October 22, 2006; Caitlin Meives
UTM 180642060E; 4923681N

Looking south from the intersection of Morse Place and Pine Street, this image shows the southern end of the so-called Scarff Addition.  In 1942, when McAllister took the image, lots on this block had been subdivided but—other than the one visible house—not yet developed.  Only four years earlier, on the 1938 Sanborn Insurance map, the block on the right of the image had not yet been divided into lots.  The only permanent structure in the image is #975/973 Pine St., listed as “under construction” in the 1941/1942 city directory. The 1942 Sanborn Insurance map records this structure as #127 Pine Street but this number is not duplicated elsewhere and does not make sense with the house numbers already present at the time.  

The structure sitting on the corner, which is present in many other McAllister images, is a temporary work shed for construction.  McAllister took this image after the sewer, water, and gas mains had been installed (see Pine Street - Between Morse Place & Home Avenue) and before paving.  The description on the back of the photograph reads, “A considerable amount of boulders and rock excavation was necessary in widening and relocating the limits of the street.”[34]  The rest of the construction on this block was scheduled for the following year.

[34] (author unknown), Photo Caption, Louis L. McAllister.

After construction was completed, Wendell F. Floyd, chief engineer for Vermont Structural Steep Corporation, appears in the 1943 city directory as the first resident of 973 Pine Street  Ruth D. Aseltine and Mrs. Eunice Aseltine resided at 975.  Floyd remained at 973 until 1960 and Ruth Aseltine lived at 975 intermittently until 1963-1964. 

The view from this intersection has changed dramatically since 1942.  Houses now line both sides of this block of Pine Street, between Morse Place and Home Avenue.  This provides a stark contrast to the almost entirely undeveloped and unpaved Pine Street of 1942 that had only just received water and sewer lines.  Although it can't be seen in this image due to the growth of many trees, the lone house from the 1942 image still stands and continues to serve as a private home. 

Historic Burlington Project
Depression Era Streetscapes: Old North End | Burlington 1890 | Burlington 1877 | Burlington 1869 | Burlington 1853 | Burlington 1830
Produced by University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program graduate students in HP 206 Researching Historic Structures and Sites - Prof. Thomas Visser - in collaboration with UVM Landscape Change Program
Historic images courtesy of University of Vermont Library Special Collections, Louis L. McAllister Photograph Collection