Thursday, November 12, 2015

Woodbury Bird's Eye View Map - 129 Years Later


Since discovering the delicately hand illustrated O. H. Bailey "Bird's-Eye-View" Map of Woodbury, N.J. from 1886, I have often wondered what those lovely views outlining the map look like today. After some research and some quick Google and Bing Mapping, I had the answer. Presented here, without comment are the scenes as they look today from the exact vantage point wherever possible.

Draw your own conclusions... unfortunately you don't see a lot of adaptive reuse through the years but rather a good amount of tear-downs. Thankfully a few buildings remain to this day - exactly 9 out of 26 shown here.

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Please note this is the original location of the Constitution building
which later moved a few doors to the left and which is currently still standing





















2 comments:

Nora Barry Leary said...

This is a very good pictorial history lesson - there are not many buildings left from a once beautiful and prosperous town - and they keep tearing things down and replacing with nothing worth saving. What will it look like just 20 years from now!

Firecrackinmama said...

I enjoyed your comparison of then and now. Nicely done!