For those who have been reading the Mansion Hill Neighborhood Report year after year, it seems like it is just one fight after another even though one has to admit that the Mansion Hill Historic District and Neighborhood has come through all of this in better shape that it has been for many years.
A current example of neighborhood progress is on the 400 and 500 blocks of North Carroll Street. As we all know, North Carroll Street is a very important entrance to Mansion Hill and the impression formed there sets the tone. Last year the Alanon Society celebrated 75 years of service with the exterior renovation of its clubhouse at 511 North Carroll Street, but that was just the start of great things happening on this important gateway to Mansion Hill.
The Mullins family is painting and restoring the exterior of the Breese Stevens house at 401 North Carroll and also is freshening up their historic Jackson house next door at 421. Just up the street, Steve Brown Apartments has undertaken a significant restoration of the exterior of 423 North Carroll at the corner of West Gilman Street. People interested in historic preservation should check out the excellent work on repairing the built in gutters and features along the eaves. Across the street, at 424 North Carroll Street, Brown is also doing a great job on restoring the details of the side porch that faces West Gilman Street.
Of course in the same neighborhood, Bethel Lutheran Church has almost finished restoring the Halle Steensland House that was moved next to their sanctuary on West Gorham. There is still work to do in the North Carroll Street gateway to Mansion Hill, but the work that has been accomplished and is now underway should give us all confidence that success will be ours.