Pine & King Street
Looking South

July 12, 1933; Louis L. McAllister

October 22, 2006; Caitlin Meives
UTM 180641926E; 4926155N

On the left of the image, at the southeast corner of the intersection of Pine Street and King Street is #79/81 King Street.  When McAllister took the photograph in 1933, the city directory identifies #79 as Leary's Market, “groceries and meats,” proprietor Lionel J. Leary.[23]  Looking closely, one can see “Creamery” written in the front window of #79, however, the 1933 directory does not list any creameries at this address.  #79 had operated as a grocery since at least 1910 and the Leary family, specifically, had worked in or operated it since 1911.  The proprietors of #79 prior to the Leary's had lived next door in #81 in 1910.  William H. Morcombe, a painter and paperhanger, lived at #81 King Street along with his family in 1933.  The structure dates from at least 1884 when it appears on the Sanborn Insurance map as 79 King Street and 174 Pine Street.

The building on the right of the image, at the southwest corner of the intersection of Pine Street and King Street is #73/75 King Street, also occasionally listed as 175 Pine Street.  At the time of the photograph, Joseph Fairbanks lived with his family and operated his business as an ice dealer in #73.  He lived here from 1930 until 1949 or 1950. Two other men also resided in #73.  Samuel Delehanty (also spelled in the directories “Delahanty”) lived in #75 and worked as assistant city treasurer.  Interestingly, according to the city directories, the Delehanty family lived in #75 from between 1881 or 1883 through 1938. 

[23] Burlington City Directory, 1933

As one can see from the above image, both structures still exist more or less in the same form today.  The storefront windows and entry of #79/81 have been altered so as to function as a residence.  The shutters on the east facade of #73/75 have been removed but it otherwise looks as it did more than seventy years ago.  It also continues to function as a private residence.  The most apparent difference between this and the 1933 photograph is the trees—the tall elms that lined the street in 1933 almost entirely obscured the view of the other houses whereas in 2006 one can see most of the houses on the block.
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