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.

Angela María Ortíz S. May 01, 2011 at 08:45 PM
The alley to the parking for Sworks.
Connie G. May 01, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Same as above! Angie, did you take the photo?
Ajay Singh (Editor) May 01, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Right on, Angela (and Connie)! Or rather, 99.9 percent right, given that some would quibble over what's meant by "Sworks." (It's "Swork!"). The photo, if you check the credit, Connie, was taken by our *Neighborhood Nomad* columnist and weekly *Scenes of Eagle Rock* photographer, Richard Espinoza. Have you seen his frequently terrific *Scenes of Eagle Rock* photos? If not, do check them out.
Severin Martinez May 02, 2011 at 05:47 AM
Isn't there patio seating back there? Or is that something I imagined? I haven't been back there for a long time. Too bad the alley can't lead to anything more inspiring than 'parking'. It should lead to some quiet oasis away from the Colorado/Eagle Rock traffic and noise. Nice picture!
Angela María Ortíz S. May 02, 2011 at 06:29 AM
@Ajay, it’s my pet name for Swork or just my accent… @Connie, not this one–but I’ve done a couple of shoots through there. Its a fun little alley. @Severin, there use to be tables back in the patio area. I miss them.
Ken Camp May 03, 2011 at 06:23 PM
It's the rear of the alley behind the bakery that Top Topping lives above across the street from the Taco Bell on Colorado.
rust May 04, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Isnt this right behind Swork coffee shop - ER Blvd cor Colorado? sandwiched between Armons and the coffee shop. interesting but really, dont see the point 'cept that it's just a narrow strip. havent seen anyone sit or hand there.
Ajay Singh (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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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