Chestnut Street Mansions

Mansion at 7th and Chestnut, 1951

Mansion at 7th and Chestnut, 1951

Above is an old mansion at 7th and Chestnut Streets, 1951. The sign over the door reads Huston and a smaller sign to the right of the door reads “COL HOTEL” which by that time, the area being in the African American business district, likely indicates it was a hotel for African Americans. Research identified the mansion as The Huston apartments, at 620 W. Chestnut (the southeast corner of 7th and Chestnut) only listed in the mid-1950s, so the 1951 date is in error. No listing of a hotel by that name appears in the 1950 through 1953 directories. Like so many of these fine old houses, it originally was a single family dwelling. By 1898 it had been converted to a boarding house.

Chestnut Street Mansions