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    • North Side of Central Avenue Before 1972, 1975

    • Art; Painting; Business Enterprises; Middletown (Ohio)
    • This painting shows the north side of Central Avenue between Main Street and Wall Street. Bill Rehse completed this watercolor in 1975, but it is of Central Avenue before 1972 when work on the enclosed mall was underway. The businesses include...
    • Central Plaza, 1958

    • Slides; Streets; Business enterprises; Middletown (Ohio)
    • Central Plaza was an attempt to restrict vehicle operation on Central Avenue between Main Street and Verity Parkway. Central Avenue was closed, as it was on Broad Street. The city's three financial institutions -- the Oglesby-Barnitz Bank, the...
    • Downtown Parking, 1959

    • Maps; Parking lots; Municipal government; Middletown (Ohio)
    • In 1959, the city of Middletown closed Central Avenue between Main Street and Broad Street and developed it into what was called the "Central Plaza." The purpose of "Central Plaza" was to eliminate the traffic congestion of the two blocks of...
    • South side Central Avenue, c. 1938

    • Business enterprises; Automobiles; Middletown (Ohio)
    • This c. 1938 photograph of the south side of Central Avenue, west of Broad Street, shows several local business concerns. Redd & Waller (Veach C. Redd and Harold Waller) at 1030 Central sold paint and hardware. Upstairs (1032 Central) Don W....
    • South Side of Central Avenue Before the Mall, 1975

    • Art; Painting; Business enterprises; Middletown (Ohio)
    • This is a view of the west side of Central Avenue west of Wall Street before the downtown was enclosed with a mall. Doellmann's Shoes, Inc. was located at 1004 Central Avenue. It was in the old Leibee Building. Roderer's Shoe Store was at 1012...
    • Central West from Canal, 1940

    • Business districts; Streets; Middletown (Ohio)
    • This 1940 photograph shows Central Avenue looking west from Canal Street. The Central Store is on the left, while across Verity Parkway is the Castell (Sebald) Building. The Castell Drug Store was on the corner and Schiff's Shoe Store was in this...
    • New York Central Locomotive #2058, c. 1975

    • Railroads; Railroad locomotives; Middletown (Ohio)
    • The New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroads both served Middletown. A merger between the two concerns was finalized in 1968 for what would be the nation's largest ever corporate merger. The new system, the Penn Central, was short-lived,...
    • 1372-1380 Central Avenue, March 1979

    • Middletown (Ohio); stores; buildings; business enterprises; business districts; apartments
    • This building at the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Curtis Street appears to be empty. At one time Spiegel Catalog Shopping Center. Their address was 1372-1374 Central. the entrance to the apartment on the second floor was 1378 Central, and...
    • Central Avenue at the Harlan Block, 1980

    • Slides; Business enterprises; Apartments; Stores & shops; Middletown (Ohio)
    • Much of this area of Central Avenue was empty when this slide was taken. The 1983 City Directory lists the Colonial Inn at 1800 Central. The Harlan Building apartments are at 747. The stores in the lower level were Jim's Shoe Repair, Artistic...
    • Central Avenue, West from Broad, South Side, c. 1938

    • Business districts; Drugstores; Middletown (Ohio)
    • John T. Fay entered the druggist business about 1888. Sometime around 1905 he opened his own drugstore on Third Street (Central Avenue). "Middletown In Black and White" (1906) states that he was a "very capable young man and deals strictly on the...
    • Central Store, c. 1950

    • Business enterprises; Department stores; Middletown (Ohio)
    • The Central Store, now the site of Richie's Pawn Central, opened in 1930 under the management of Sam G. Murstein, James Murstein and Ben Bender. During most of its lifetime The Central Store was one of the busiest stores in town. During the 1970s...
    • Capozzi Shoes, 1020 Central Avenue, c. 1970

    • Middletown (Ohio); shoes; business enterprises; business districts
    • The Capozzi Shoes store was located downtown at 1020 Central Avenue. As plans for the downtown mall developed, they moved 3536 Central Avenue. The was operated by Anthony G. Capozzi who was the firm's president and Richard Capozzi who was the...
    • Central Avenue, c. 1990

    • Middletown (Ohio); streets; business districts; business enterprises; night
    • This image of Central Avenue looking west from in front of or near the Harlan Building was taken at dusk. At 1700 Central was Brown's Electronics store operated by Michael H. Brown. One time an automobile dealership, auctioneer John Anglin and...
    • The Barnitz Bank Central Office, March 1979

    • Middletown (Ohio); banks; business districts; business enterprises
    • At 1730 Central Avenue, The Barnitz Bank Central Office was constructed in 1951. It joined the bank's Downtown Office as its first branch. In 1988, the bank branch, then known as Bank One of Middletown, was sold to the Middletown Teachers Credit...
    • Drug Store, c. 1900

    • Business enterprises; Stores & shops; Middletown (Ohio); Drugstores;
    • There is some confusion about whose drugstore this belonged to. Someone dated this photograph as c. 1900 and that it was "Lewis Drugs Central Avenue." It actually was the forerunner of Lewis Drugs. In 1869, Godfrey Rathman took over Henry...
    • 1237-1239 Central Avenue, March 1979

    • Middletown (Ohio); stores; buildings; business enterprises; business districts
    • Beneficial Finance System was located at 1239 Central Avenue, corner of Central Avenue and Clinton Street. William H. Honeywell was the manager. The storeroom at 1237 Central Avenue was empty.
    • Central Avenue Looking West, March 1979

    • Middletown (Ohio); streets; business districts; business enterprises
    • Taken looking west on Central Avenue, this shows the downtown business district. It shows the rise in Central Avenue, also the amount of curve in the road. The tall building, in the right background, is the Middletown Federal Savings & Loan...
    • Central Avenue at Clark Street, c. 1950

    • Business districts; Business enterprises; Middletown (Ohio)
    • Several businesses were located on the north side of Central Avenue just before reaching Clark Street when this photograph was taken. On the left, at 1371 Central, is Lin's Jot Em Down Store, which was operated by Lin Mendenhall. Next to it, at...


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