Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Central
Avenue


CENTRAL AVENUE runs east to west, between Ferry Avenue and Van Hook Street, in parallel to Van Hook. The street originally ran, uninterrupted, from Railroad Avenue all the way through to the rear of Evergreen Cemetery. The erection of the Clement T. Branch Village public housing project in 1940 erased the 900 block. In 1954 the Franklin D. Roosevelt Manor public housing project erased all prior construction in the 800 block and the 700 block east of Kossuth Street, although some homes in the project did carry Central Avenue addresses. The 600 block of Central Avenue was erased during the construction of I-676, with only one exception, the legendary Nick and Sophie's Tavern, known more commonly in recent years as Sophie's.

During the early 2000s the Roosevelt Manor project was razed, and many new homes and apartments were built in the 600, 700, and 800 block of Central Avenue.

Prior to the 1960s there were a few buildings that stood in the 1000 block, which runs east from South 10th Street to the rear of Evergreen Cemetery, crossing Mulford Street and Tioga Street. Of these, only 1055 and 1057 Central are still standing, according to satellite photos from 2013. 

Do you have an Central Avenue memory or picture. Let me know by e-mail so it can be included here.

 Phil Cohen
Saturday, June 03, 2017


Intersection of Railroad Avenue & Central Avenue
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600 Block of Central Avenue
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  627 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  629 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone


Intersection of Hale Street & Central Avenue
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600 Block of Central Avenue
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  631 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  633 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  635 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  639 Central Avenue

1906
Gone

640 Central Avenue

1915 Joseph J. Cooper

Philadelphia Inquirer
My 21, 1915

Ferry Avenue
Kate Miller
Mary Miller
Charles H. Fitzsimmons

  640 Central Avenue

1915 Joseph J. Cooper
1924
Stephen Haday
1980 Gone

  641 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  642 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  643 Central Avenue

1906

1930
Mrs. Lois Lehman & Family
Walter Lehman
Frank Lehman
Alice Lehman
Raymond Lehman
Margaret Lehman
Lois Lehman
Alma Lehman
Harry Lehman

1980 Gone

  644 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  645 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  647 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

649 Central Avenue

1906
1919
H.F. Bond
Family Liquor Store

1919 Banquet Program Ad

1980 Gone


Interstate I-676
   

Intersection of Central Avenue & Master Street
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600 Block of Central Avenue
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  650 Central Avenue

1906

1931-1933
Thomas Golding
bar

1980 Gone

  653 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  655 Central Avenue

1906
Third Baptist Mission Church 

1980 Gone

   660 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

   661 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

   662 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

   663 Central Avenue

1906
1932
Frank Thomas
1980 Gone

   664 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

   665 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

   666 Central Avenue
   666 Central Avenue

1919-1930s
Ernest A. Tartaglia Sr. & Family
Enest & Mamie Morse Tartaglia
Laura Tartaglia
Mamie Tartaglia
Ernest A. Tartaglia Jr.
John Tartaglia
Caroline Tartaglia

1980 Gone

   667 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

   668 Central Avenue

1906

1922-1947
George Pukas & Family
George & Rose Pukas
William Pukas
Metro Pukas
John Pukas
Helen Pukas

1980 Gone

 669 Central Avenue

1911-1920
Dennis Whalen & Family
Dennis & Margaret Whalen
John Whalen - Henry Whalen

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 15, 1922

John Kripps - William Kripps - Archibald Babnew
South 7th Street - Van Buren Street

669 Central Avenue

1911-1920
Dennis Whalen & Family
Dennis & Margaret Whalen
John Whalen - Henry Whalen

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 1922

William B. Knight
Charles G. Garrison 


669 Central Avenue

1911-1920
Dennis Whalen & Family
Dennis & Margaret Whalen
John Whalen - Henry Whalen

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 1922

Charles V.D. Joline
Henry S. Scovel

1980 Gone 

 671 Central Avenue

1891 George W. Caraway

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 1891

1980 Gone

   673 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone


 675 Central Avenue

1906

1919
Thomas P. Whalen
Groceries, Meats and Provisions
Cit of Camden Ice and Coal
Thomas P. Whalen, proprietor


1919 Banquet Program Ad

1980 Gone


Intersection of Central Avenue & Van Buren Street
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600 Block of Central Avenue
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681 Central Avenue

1878 George W. Mowrey's Grocery
1882 George W. Mowrey's Saloon
1892 Samuel H. Mowrey's Saloon
1899-1900 Mary E. Mowrey's Saloon
1900 Charles Yoder Saloon
1906 Max Yaroch Saloon

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 13, 1899

Draper Thomas - Wiley White - Randall Pollard
Master Street - South 9th Street
Albert Batten - William H. Frisby

1920
Frank Morton & Family
Frank & Virginia Morton
Catherine Morton
Edna Morton

1980 Gone

  683 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  687 Central Avenue

1906

1920
Charles Reihnhart & Family
Charles & Mary Reinhart
William Bantle
Mary Reinhart Bantle

1980 Gone

   688 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

 689 Central Avenue

1906
1912
Mrs. Eliza M. Grover

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 27, 1912

1980 Gone

   690 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

   693 Central Avenue

1906

1920
Sylvester Schools & Family
Sylvester & May Taylor Cunningham Schools
Olive Cunningham
Mrs. Rosalina Taylor
Harry Taylor
Marvin Taylor

1925-1927
Thomas Golding

1980 Gone

 695 Central Avenue

1906-1924
Angelo Morse & Family
(aka Angelo Mazaro)
Angelo & Laura Morse|
John Morse - Joseph Morse - Antonio Morse
Mary Morse - Carmen Morse - Elizabeth Morse
Rose Morse - Michael Morse
Ernest Tartaglia Sr. - Mamie Morse Tartaglia

Philadelphia Inquirer
May 20, 1906

O. Glen Stackhouse - James Vaughn 

1980 Gone

   697 Central Avenue

1906

1910
J. Lewis Russell & Family
J. Lewis & Eva Russell

1920
Oscar Ewing & Family
Oscar & Ida Ewing

1957-1958 Mrs. Helen Johnson

1980 Gone

   699 Central Avenue

1906
1910 John Klein
1910 Frank Klein
1910 William Klein
1930 Charles Areni


 699 Central Avenue

1934-Present
Nick and Sophie's Tavern

The bar appears to have been owned and/or operated by the same family since 1934.

1936-1940 Peter Kucharski Pete's Cafe
1941-1943 Mrs. Catherine Kucharski 
1947-1966 Domenices' Tavern 
1977-present 
Nick and Sophie's Tavern

Top Photo from 2003
Bottom Photo from 2009


Intersection of South 7th Street & Central Avenue
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Intersection of
Central Avenue & South 7th Streets

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699 Central Avenue
Northwest Corner
Central Avenue
& South 7th Street

 Nick and Sophie's Tavern

Nick & Sophie Del Grande-Domenices
October 2003

699 Central Avenue
Northwest Corner
of
Central Avenue & South 7th Street

Nick and Sophie's Tavern

Nick & Sophie Del Grande-Domenices

March 29, 2009

Northwest Corner
Central Avenue
&
South 7th Street

Nick and Sophie's Tavern

Nick & Sophie Del Grande-Domenices

March 29, 2009

Looking North
on
South 7th Street
from
Central Avenue

March 29, 2009

Looking East
on
Central Avenue
from
South 7th Street

March 29, 2009

Southeast Corner
of
Central Avenue
&
South 7th Street

March 29, 2009

Looking South
on
South 7th Street
from
Central Avenue

March 29, 2009

Southwest Corner
of
Central Avenue
&
South 7th Street

March 29, 2009

Looking West
on
Central Avenue
from
South 7th Street

March 29, 2009


700 Block of Central Avenue
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  700 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  701 Central Avenue

1906

701 Central Avenue

1918-1930s
Max Praissman & Family
grocery
Max & Fannie Praissman
Abraham Praissman
Mary Praissman
Alan Praissman
Jacob Praissman

Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 1918

Sixth Ward Republican Club
Charles A. Wolverton - Y.M.C.A.

  701 Central Avenue

1980 Gone

  702 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  703 Central Avenue

1906 No Building

1919-1920
Frank Hancharuk & Family
Frank & Catherine Hanchgaruk
Helen Hancharuk
Paul Hancharuk

1930
Russell King & Family
Russell & Iola King

  704 Central Avenue

1906

Emerald/Emerald-417-081311-INQ.jpg 704 Central Avenue

1911
Alexander Russell & Family

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 13, 1911

Mrs. Elizabeth Marx
Dr. Orris W. Saunders

Elizabeth Marx
Central Avenue
Emerald Street

1980 Gone

  705 Central Avenue

Private First Class
Max Karpatik

  705 Central Avenue

1906

1919-1920s
Anton Karpuk & Family
aka Karpatik, aka Karfuk
Anton & Mary Karpuk
Vera Karpuk
Anton Karpuk

1930
Harry Green & Family
Harry & Maggie Green
Alvin Green
Alberta Green
Letitia Green
Yvonne Green

1980 Gone

  706 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  707 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  709 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  710 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

711 Central Avenue

1906

1914-1924
Mrs. Clara Tice Duchneskie & Children
George Willingmyre
Joseph Duchneskie
Lizzie Duchneskie

1980 Gone

Left: Clara Tice Duchneskie

712 Central Avenue

1894
George W. Davis & Family
George W. & Rebecca L. Davis
James P. Davis

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 6, 1894

  712 Central Avenue

1906
1914
Frank H. Burt
1980 Gone

  713 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  715 Central Avenue

1906
1917
Carl Quinton
1980 Gone

  717 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

 718 Central Avenue

1906

1915
Isaac Holden

Philadelphia inquirer
May 21, 1915

Thomas Bosyic - O. Glen Stackhouse

   718 Central Avenue

1940s
Thomas Andino Sharp & Family
Thomas A. & Adele M. Sharp

   718 Central Avenue

Steward's Mate First Class
Thomas Andino Sharp

   718 Central Avenue

1980 Gone

   720 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

  721 Central Avenue

1906

1910-1914
William J. Ross

1980 Gone

  722 Central Avenue

1906
1980 Gone

723 Central Avenue

1906

1919
E.H. Handler's Patent Medicine

1919 Banquet Program Advertisement

1980 Gone

724 Central Avenue

1906

1919
Nathan Stein
Groceries, Meats and Provisions

1919 Banquet Program Advertisement


1980 Gone


Intersection of Kossuth Street & Central Avenue
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700 Block of Central Avenue
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All existing buildings were razed in the early 1950s to make room for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Manor Public Housing Project, which was in turn razed in the spting of 2007.

  725 Central Avenue

1906 

  725 Central Avenue

1906 

749 Central Avenue

1887
John A. Ware

  765 Central Avenue

1906 

  766 Central Avenue

1906

  768 Central Avenue

1906

 

770 Central Avenue

1906

  772 Central Avenue

1906

  773 Central Avenue

1904-1910s
Benjamin Dorsey
saloon
Benjamin & Jane Dorsey
Ethel Dorsey

Edward H. Dorsey

 

773 Central Avenue

Corporal Edward H. Dorsey

773 Central Avenue

1918-1949
Bruten's Cafe
  1918-1939 Louis Bruten
1939-1949 Margaret Bruten

 

  774 Central Avenue

1906


Intersection of
Central Avenue
& South 8th Street
   

Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941
 Camden County Beverage Company
   
   
   
   
   
   

800 Block of Central Avenue
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All existing buildings were razed in the early 1950s to make room for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Manor Public Housing Project, which was in turn razed in the spring of 2007.

  801 Central Avenue

1906

 
  805 Central Avenue

1890-1892
John Wesley "Wes" Beckett
policeman

1906

  811 Central Avenue

1906

 
  813 Central Avenue

1906

 
  815 Central Avenue

1906

 
  817 Central Avenue

1906

 
838 Central Avenue

1905 John Johnson

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 24, 1905

Dr, Grant E. Kirk
Sycamore Street - Howard Truitt
Dr. A. Haines Lippincott
Central Avenue

  840 Central Avenue

1906

 

Intersection of Philip Street & Central Avenue
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800 Block of Central Avenue
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  851 Central Avenue

1906

 

  852 Central Avenue

1906

 
  855 Central Avenue

1906

 

  857 Central Avenue

1906

 

  859 Central Avenue

1906

 

  861 Central Avenue

1906

 

  867 Central Avenue

1906

 

  871 Central Avenue

1906

 

  872 Central Avenue

1906


Intersection of South 9th Street & Central Avenue
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900 Block of Central Avenue
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All existing buildings were razed in the late 1930s to make room for the Clement T. Branch Village Public Housing Project, which opened in 1940 and is still in existence as of the fall of 2013.

  900 Central Avenue

1890-1891 Hugh Morgan Saloon
1895 Sebastian Tiller Saloon
1906
1940 Gone

  902 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  904 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  906 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  907 Central Avenue

1906
1920
Jane Dorsey
1920 Ethel Dorsey
1930
William A. Schley
1940 Gone

  908 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  909 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  910 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  912 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  914 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  919 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

  920 Central Avenue

1906
1940 Gone

   

Intersection of Miller Street & Central Avenue
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900 Block of Central Avenue
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952-954 Central Avenue

1890-1891
Thomas W. Krips
Oyster Restaurant

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 22, 1890

  952-954 Central Avenue

1906

1918-1920
George W. Willingmyre Jr.

ATTEMPT MADE TO ENTER OFFICES OF COAL FIRM

Called to the McAllister Coal Company, Seventh and Linden streets, by a neighbor who telephoned that someone was breaking into the place, a squad of motorcycle policemen searched the entire neighborhood early yesterday but found no one.

Detectives found that a rear window had been broken but nothing in the office was disturbed.

Mrs. Mercella Melnik, of 952 Central Avenue, reported to the police that an overcoat was stolen from her automobile while it was parked in front of her home.

952-954 Central Avenue

1933
Mrs. Mercella Melnik

Camden Courier-Post
June 24, 1933

1940 Gone

 

  962 Central Avenue

1920
Matthew Lilly & Family
Matthew & Lulu Lilliy
Ines Lilly

  984 Central Avenue

19061920
Milton J. Warfield & Family
Mlton J. & Angeline Warfield
Howard Warfield 

1940 Gone

  986 Central Avenue

1906
1920
1940 Gone


Intersection of South 10th Street & Central Avenue
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1000 Block of Central Avenue
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1001 Central Avenue

1906


1004 Central Avenue

1906

1910
Rev. Albert Amos & Family
Albert & Catherine Amos 
Raymond Amos
Mildred Amos


1007 Central Avenue

1906


1036 Central Avenue

1906

BEER SELLING CHARGES FACE 2 STOREKEEPERS

Beer selling without license will be the charge today when two storekeepers are arraigned in police court.

They are Charles Yatzgus, 43, of 1036 Central Avenue, and Angelo Teto, 42, of 1024 South Third Street. Police arrested them Saturday night.

1036 Central Avenue

1933 Charles Yatzus

Camden Courier-Post
June 4, 1933

   

Intersection of Central Avenue & Mulford Street
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1000 Block of Central Avenue
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  1050 Central Avenue

1906

  1051 Central Avenue

1906

  1052 Central Avenue

1906

  1053 Central Avenue

1906

  1055 Central Avenue

1906

  1057 Central Avenue

1906

1055-1057
Central Avenue

1940-1947
Central Cafe 
Samuel Wasiluk

1954-2003
Tioga Tavern

2003 Closed

1055-1057
Central Avenue

1940-1947
Central Cafe 
Samuel Wasiluk

1954-2003
Tioga Tavern

2003 Closed


Intersection of Central Avenue &
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 Intersection of Central Avenue & Tioga Street
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Northwest Corner
of
Central Avenue & Tioga Street
1057 Central Avenue

1930s-1940s
CENTRAL CAFE
1940s-2000s
TIOGA TAVERN

October 5, 2003

Northwest Corner
of
Central Avenue & Tioga Street
1057 Central Avenue

1930s-1940s
CENTRAL CAFE
1940s-2000s
TIOGA TAVERN

October 5, 2003


Evergreen Cemetery
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