Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rear Views of Schenectady Buildings


The garden and rear of 17 Front Street in Schenectady can be seen in this undated photograph. Notice the two people in the garden to the left of the path. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection. 


Photographs of buildings in our holdings usually show the fronts of houses and businesses. The images shared here are unusual in that they show the sides of buildings not usually seen from the street, along with a few back gardens. Enjoy these "peeks beyond the streets" of places in Schenectady.

Interested in learning more about Schenectady County's past in photographs? Visit our Library or contact our Librarian.


This image of the rear of the Boston Store at 411 State Street was taken on January 9, 1906, in the aftermath of a fire in the building. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection. 


This photograph of the rear of 32 Washington Avenue in Schenectady was taken when the building housed the G.E. Women's Club. Today, the building is the home of the Schenectady County Historical Society, and exhibit space, a lobby, and a library have been built on to the back of the building. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection. 


House foundations, porches, fences, and clotheslines can be seen in this undated photograph of the backs of properties on Summit Avenue in Schenectady. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection. 


View of the gardens and rear of the YWCA building at 44 Washington Avenue, circa 1931. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection. 


The snowy backyards and back sides of the houses at 21, 19, and 17 Barrett Street, as seen in December 1956. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection. 


Image of the rear of the home at 56 Washington Avenue as it appeared in 1890. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection.  


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