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Challenge: Where in Eagle Rock Was This Photo Taken?

Flex your memory and tell us where this place is.

Can you guess where in Eagle Rock this photograph was taken? Do you happen to know something about the history of this place? We’d love to hear from you.

Ajay Singh May 04, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Rust: I heard from a longtime Eagle Rocker that there's actually some interesting history to this particular alley, given that it is directly behind a historic building. Part of the reason for the photo was to see if someone would tell us about that history. And, as Angela Ortiz, says above, there used to be (restaurant) tables in the patio area where the alley leads. If Eagle Rock were in Paris, you could bet there would be tables *in* the alley as well.
Betty Miller May 04, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Ajay: So can you tell us the history of this historic building? Was it once owned by Duffy? Is she stil alive. Betty
Ajay Singh May 04, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Betty, the only person in Eagle Rock would have the most accurate information about this building is the redoubtable president of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society, Eric Warren. I shall email, requesting a response. Meanwhile, as you might know, the building was constructed by Edwards & Wildey and bought by the Duffy family. I do not know about the status of the Duffy family—Eric Warren probably would. And here's the link to an article that Dan Kimpel wrote about the building—I wish it had something about the alley as well: http://patch.com/A-dC6v
Ajay Singh May 05, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Betty—and others interested in the history of this alley (and building). This is from Eric Warren, president of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society: Folks. The small alley in question was probably left unbuilt to provide rear access to the stores in the Edwards and Wildey Building on the corner (Swork etc.) built around 1916. The adjoining building (Owl Talk etc.) was built in 1920 on the same piece of property. The tables in the rear were on another property to the east, thus under the control of another owner. The Edwards and Wildey building was built by Godfrey Edwards, Eagle Rock's most important developer, and his partner at the time Otto G. Wildey. Edwards also built the 1915 WTCC building, the 1907 Edwards and Winters building, where Tritch Hardware is located, the 1917 Eagle Rock Elementary building which faces Chickasaw, and over a hundred houses. James Duffy bought the building probably in the 1950s and renamed it after himself. Duffy and his wife Eleanor are both deceased, but one of their daughters still lives in their beautiful home on Hill Drive.
Betty Miller May 05, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Thanks so much for the information!!

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