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Sara Perkins Tuttle’s Church Hill Project

06/17/2014 7:00 AM by

Sara Perkins Tuttle’s Church Hill Project is one person’s active discovery of the neighborhood’s past and present:

Pink street stoop sitting

This photo was taken from my car in front of my old house, 978 Pink Street. Before we closed on our current house [on 25th Street], this past Fall, my husband stumbled across the transcript of an interview done in 1982 of a woman born in 1892 named Edna Loundes about her life in Church Hill. The interview took place at her residence, 615 N. 25th st.

As I continued to read the transcript, I came to realize that she had lived her entire life (except a few years) in Church hill, and within Church Hill she had lived in only two houses: our current residence [on 25th Street] and the EXACT property on which our former house on Pink street now stands.

At that moment I became instantly aware that there was a rich history of this neighborhood of which I was completely ignorant and which seemed to be asserting itself in a unique way. This blog as an exercise into looking, reflecting and researching the places which I inhabit came to my mind as a result of that moment reading Mrs. Loundes’ interview.


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