This view was looking north on Whitney, just north of School Street. The Socony gas station on the right was later operated by Hubert Sloane, who lived across the street in one of those wood framed houses that were torn down in the mid-1960s for the Jefferson Arms Apartments, shown in the recent photo below.
Same view of Whitney Avenue in Centerville, but closer to School Street
The building at right is the old Centerville Inn, which later became a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant. The small "Atlantic" sign where the two people are walking is at the northend of an Atlantic-Richfield (later just "Atlantic," then "ARCO") service station, which stood right at the corner of Whitney Avenue and School Street. In the early 1970s, the service station and the old inn were both demolished to make way for the construction of the mixed occupancy apartment building at 2405 Whitney Avenue.
1938 caption: "Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, near the Hamden High School"
This caption might have Hamdenites scratching their heads, until they realize that this is Dixwell lookingsouth, from about where the parkway bridge would be built a decade later. The two wood frame houses in the recent photo below, although somewhat modified, are the same two houses seen in the 1938 photo above.
1938 caption "This tree across Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, effectually blocked the road to Whitney Avenue."
The building in the background was first thought to be the 1819 Jared Basset house at 2389 Old Dixwell Avenue, then the Colonial House Restaurant. But Hamden Historical Society history room researcher Gil Spencer noted that Trommer's malt beer was carried by the Imperial Beverage Company, located where the Brown Stone House parking lot is today. Architectural features of the building in the background strongly suggest that it was the back of the old Sackett Hotel building, located at Whitney and Dixwell Avenues, that burned down in 1941. It was replaced eight years later by the Brown Stone House.
the west side of Whitney Avenue at around #2260, where the Hamden Town House restaurant is today.
Whitney Avenue in Centerville
Looks like Prospect Street looking north toward Mill Rock.
Typical of the local damage caused by the 1938 hurricane was this downed treeina Putnam Avenue backyard. Fortunately, hurricane damage to structures in Hamden wasminimalin 1938, far less, in fact, than the damage caused by a late November 1950 hurricane. But the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 wreaked havoc elsewhere throughout southern New England, causing a total of 682 deaths andhundredsof millions of dollars in damage.
Official Website of the Hamden Historical Society
Unless otherwise cited or in the Public Domain, all material on this website, including photos, essays, articles and commentary published herein, are (c) Copyright 2016-2019 by the Hamden Historical Society, and may not be copied or republished in whole or in part without prior written permission of the Hamden Historical Society.