Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Chelton
Avenue


CHELTON AVENUE, when laid out, was to run from the Delaware River through to Mt. Ephraim Avenue, between Jefferson Avenue and Bulson Streets. Chelton Avenue does not appear in the listing of streets in the 1872 or 1874 City Directory, but does appear in the 1878 edition, running West to East as indicated above, between "Venango and Issy Streets". 

A map published in 1914 but most likely compiled in the 1890s shows Chelton Avenue running to the foot of the Delaware River and stopping at South 11th Street. Today Chelton Avenue runs from South 4th Street without interruption to South 10th Street, where it becomes private property, providing the only roadway that allows access beneath the Interstate Highway and the railroad tracks between Ferry Avenue and Morgan Street.

A number of industrial facilities lay on Chelton Avenue in bygone days, including the General Gas Mantle plant between South 4th and Arlington Streets, Sitley & Sons grain elevators, and the J.C. Dunn oilcloth factory. The Camden City Brewery, home of Camden Beer, was just off of Chelton Avenue at South 6th Street. Staley Park, a large city-owned park, was developed in the early 20th Century, and in the early 1940s the Chelton Terrace Public Housing project was along Chelton Avenue east of South 7th Street. Chelton Avenue was and is mostly residential east of former project, which terminated in the 800 block. The old Chelton Terrace projects were razed in the 1990s and new public and private housing was built in the following decade. 

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

 Phil Cohen


Delaware River &  Chelton Avenue
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Intersection of South 3rd Street &  Chelton Avenue
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Intersection of Ancona Street &  Chelton Avenue
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300 Block of  Chelton Avenue
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Intersection of South 4th Street &  Chelton Avenue
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Intersection of Arlington Street &  Chelton Avenue
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Northwest Corner - March 2003 - Razed February 2004
   

400 Block of  Chelton Avenue
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  430-444  Chelton Avenue

1906-1947 No Buildings

430-444  Chelton Avenue

1950s-1960s
ESCO Manufacturing Company
aluminum windows

1955 NJ Bell Telephone Directory
Yellow Pages Ad

430-444  Chelton Avenue

1950s-1960s
ESCO Manufacturing Company
aluminum windows

1955 NJ Bell Telephone Directory
Yellow Pages Ad

  430-444  Chelton Avenue

2001-2014
CD Surplus Electric Supply


Camden Courier-Post - July 22, 1950

Mayor, City Aides To Confer Monday On Weed Removal

MARIJUANA PLANTS have been found by city inspectors who are conducting a campaign to rid the city of unsightly grass and weeds. Wherever found, the plants are destroyed by spraying with a plant killer. F. James Hainsworth, superintendent of the city asphalt plant, is shown pointing out the plants to a group of women living in the neighborhood of a city-owned lot at Chelton Avenue and Arlington Street. Anthony Mona is spraying the plants, and Director of Public Works Abbott is at Hainsworth's left. The women are Mrs. Antoinette Daniluk, Mrs. Rose Mitchell and Mrs. Isabella Simms. 

Mayor Brunner announced today he will call a conference Monday to coordinate city departments in the movement to remove unsightly grass and weeds in the city.

Attending the conference Brunner said will be Director of Public Works Abbott, his deputy, James Swanson; J. James Hainsworth, superintendent of the city asphalt plant; Director of Parks and Public Property Gotshalk; S. Raymond Dobbs, acting chief of the bureau of city property and John Salvatore. who is in charge of workers in the city property bureau.

"The purpose of the conference," Brunner said "is to coordinate the work of the various city departments In the projects being conducted to clear the city of high grass and weeds.

"There is equipment in the park system that could be used the to advantage in cutting: down the grass and weeds. Working together, the various city departments will be in a position clear away weeds and grass on city-owned property."

Grass Around Hydrants

Meanwhile, department of public works workers today started to remove grass and weeds from around fire hydrants, utility poles and traffic standards.

The weed removal crew today went to work on Federal, Cooper and Market streets in the central part of the city. and in the vicinity of the Camden Civic Center.

Swanson said that on Monday, the crew will complete Market street to Twelfth Street, and Arch Street, and then concentrate in the North Camden area.

"After that section is completed" Swanson said, "The crew will go down Broadway, working the South Camden and then the Parkside and Whitman Park areas.

Leaves E. Camden to Last

"We are leaving the East Camden section to last, because the New Jersey Water Company owns most of the fire hydrants in that area, and they have been requested to remove the grass and weeds from their hydrants."

Swanson said he was looking forward to being able to utilize men and equipment from the other city departments in the program.

"If all the departments pledge their full cooperation" Swanson added, ''we should be able to beat the weed problem within a week."

Abbott points out that since the campaign was started, workers from his department have uncovered and destroyed a large number of marijuana plants that were growing wild on lots in the city.

One of the largest tracts of marijuana plants was uncovered on a lot owned by the city, which was converted into a playground at Chelton Avenue and Arlington Street. More than 200 plants were found on the lot.

Violators Face Fines

Workers today destroyed more than 100 marijuana plants on a vacant lot on Chelton Avenue, between Master and Van Buren Streets.

Property owners were cautioned by Abbott that unless they remove unsightly weeds and  grass from their property they would be hauled into police court.

Abbott said flagrant violators would be subject to fines ranging up to $200.

Warning notices have been sent to more than 300 property owners where inspectors from Abbott's department found grass and weeds to be growing wild.

"The majority of property owners in the city," Abbott said, "are cooperating in the campaign. We plan however, to be tough with owners who refuse to remove grass and weeds from their property after being warned by our inspectors."


Intersection of Broadway  &  Chelton Avenue
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Northeast Corner

2040 Broadway

Photo form 2003

Razed 2010

Northeast Corner

2040 Broadway

Photo form 2003

Razed 2010

Northeast Corner

Camden Green Gateway Initiative 
"Rain Garden"

Photo June 27, 2011

Southeast Corner

570 Chelton Avenue

Camden Cogeneration
(Camden Plant Holding LLC)

Photo taken June 27, 2011

 

Southwest Corner

2101 Broadway

1890s
J. Singer's Restaurant

 
  2101 Broadway

1918 John Cunningham
1918-1929 Martin Banewicz

2101 Broadway

1931-1936
The German Kitchen
Mrs. Olga Maurer

Camden Courier-Post
October 17, 1936

  2101 Broadway
1936 Joseph Martin 
1940-1941
The Gaye Club
Mrs. Adella Oreb

Camden
Courier-Post 
January 15, 1941

  2101 Broadway

1943-1947
Jules' Grill 
Julius Beese

2101 Broadway

1955-1980
Joseph H. Davis
Davis Motor Service
Electric Motor Service Co.

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

   

Intersection of Hedley Street  &  Chelton Avenue
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Intersection of Fillmore Street &  Chelton Avenue
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1906 - North Side of Chelton Avenue from Broadway to Railroad Avenue
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500 Block of  Chelton Avenue
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  521  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1947
1962
2013 Gone

  523  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1947
1962
2013 Gone

  525  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1947
1962
2013 Gone

  527  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1947
1962
2013 Gone

  529  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1947
1962 Restaurant
2013 Gone

  550  Chelton Avenue

1906
1933 Richard McKinley
1947
1962
2013 Gone

  552  Chelton Avenue

1906

  552  Chelton Avenue

1930
Frank Weeks & Family
Frank & Ella Weeks
Wlwood Weeks
Frank Weeks Jr.
Edward J. Weeks
Alfred Weeks

552  Chelton Avenue

Private Edward J. Weeks

  552  Chelton Avenue

1943
William Braaksma & Family
William & Eleanor Braaksma
William Braaksma Jr.
Henry Braaksma
Eleanor Braaksma
Cori Braaksma

552  Chelton Avenue

Staff Sergeant
William Braaksma Jr.

  552  Chelton Avenue

1944
1962
2013 Gone

  554  Chelton Avenue

1894
1906
1947 Gone

  556  Chelton Avenue

1894
1906

556  Chelton Avenue

1919 William H. Sharp

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 27, 1919

  556  Chelton Avenue

1947 Gone

558  Chelton Avenue

1894 Walter Dill

Philadelphia Inquirer
1947 Gone

  558  Chelton Avenue

1947 Gone

  560  Chelton Avenue

1894
1906
1947 Gone

560 Chelton Avenue

1993-
Camden Cogen
North American Energy Services
Trash to Steam Plant

Photograph Taken June 27, 2011

 


1906
South Side of Chelton Avenue from Fillmore Street to Railroad Avenue
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Intersection of South 6th Street & Chelton Avenue
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600 Block of Chelton Avenue
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  1894-late 1940s
Sitley & Son, Inc.
Arthur M. Sitley & Frank Budd Sitley Sr.
grain elevator
The Sitley & Son grain elevator and warehouse facilities burned
and were rebuilt at least three times, in 1905, 1920, and 1930. 
The 1962 Sanborn map shows the lot vacant.
   

Intersection of Rail Tracks & Chelton Avenue
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Intersection of I-676 & Chelton Avenue
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Intersection of Master Street &  Chelton Avenue

   

600 Block of  Chelton Avenue

  660a  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1943

  670a  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1943


Intersection of Van Buren Street &  Chelton Avenue

   

600 Block of  Chelton Avenue

  680a  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1943

  690a  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1943

 

 


Intersection of South 7th Street &  Chelton Avenue

  Southeast Corner

early 1900s-late 1940s
Sitley & Son
grain elevator


700 Block of  Chelton Avenue

  710a  Chelton Avenue

1943-

  720a  Chelton Avenue

1943-

  721  Chelton Avenue

1943-present
Chelton Terrace Public Housing Project
management office & maintenance shop


Intersection of Kossuth Street &  Chelton Avenue

   

700 Block of  Chelton Avenue

  760a  Chelton Avenue

1943-

  761a  Chelton Avenue

1943-

  770a  Chelton Avenue

1943-

  771a  Chelton Avenue

1943-


Intersection of South 8th Street &  Chelton Avenue

  Southeast Corner
Mt. Olivet Seventh Day Adventist Church
  Northeast Corner
All America Gardens Apartments
Building "E"

800 Block of  Chelton Avenue

854  Chelton Avenue

1959-1961 
Martella's Motor Freight
Nick Martella

1959 & 1961 V.B.A. Ring 6 Banquet Program Ad

  854  Chelton Avenue

2013 Gone

  864  Chelton Avenue

1962 
Titanium Dioxide Storage Facility

2013 Gone

  867  Chelton Avenue

1947 Louis Hatchett

  869  Chelton Avenue

1962
2013 Vacant

  871  Chelton Avenue

1930
Rev. George D. Griffin & Family
George D. & Florence Griffin
J. Maxwell Griffin
G. Raymond Griffin

1962
2013 Vacant

  873  Chelton Avenue

1962
2013 Vacant

  875  Chelton Avenue

1962
2013 Vacant

  877  Chelton Avenue

1962

  879  Chelton Avenue

1962

881  Chelton Avenue

1939

  881  Chelton Avenue

1962
2013 Vacant

  883  Chelton Avenue

1962

  885  Chelton Avenue

1962
2013 Vacant

  887  Chelton Avenue

1962

  889  Chelton Avenue

1962
2013 Vacant

  891  Chelton Avenue

1962
2013 Vacant

  893  Chelton Avenue

1962


Intersection of South 9th Street &  Chelton Avenue

   

900 Block of  Chelton Avenue

900  Chelton Avenue

1895-1912
Howell M.E. Church
1913-1970s
St. George Roman Catholic Church

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 22, 1896

Rev. John Handley

  907  Chelton Avenue

1900
Mrs. Ella Carter & Family
Walter W. Carter
Mary Carter

1906
1947
1962
2013 Gone

907  Chelton Avenue

1906
1947

1964
Nehemiah L. Bundy & Family
Nehemiah & Olga Bundy
Frank Bundy


2013 Gone

  910  Chelton Avenue

1947 Rev. Benedict S. Werbec
1962
2013 Gone

  912  Chelton Avenue

1947
1962
2013 Gone

  913  Chelton Avenue

1947
2013

  914  Chelton Avenue

1947
2013

915  Chelton Avenue

1917
John Savish

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 25, 1917

Peter Koszynski - Florence Street

  915  Chelton Avenue

1947
2013

  916  Chelton Avenue

1917 Charles Jykunas

1947
2013

  918  Chelton Avenue

1947
2013

  930  Chelton Avenue

1947
1962
2013

  931  Chelton Avenue

1906
1947 Benjamin F. Dorsey
1962
2013 Gone

  933  Chelton Avenue

1906
1947
1962
2013 Gone


Intersection of Miller Street &  Chelton Avenue

   

900 Block of  Chelton Avenue

  951  Chelton Avenue

1906
1947
1962
2013 Gone

  953  Chelton Avenue

1906
1947
1962
1962 Gone

  970  Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1947
1962
2013 Gone

  971  Chelton Avenue

1906
1947
1962
2013 Gone

  972 Chelton Avenue

1906 No Building
1947
1962
2013 Gone

   

Intersection of South 10th Street &  Chelton Avenue

   
   

1000 Block of  Chelton Avenue

  1015  Chelton Avenue

1906
1947 Mrs. Ella Benson
2013 Gone

   

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