Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Crefeld
Street


CREFELD STREET was, or rather is, a short street that ran east from 1540 Haddon Avenue, according to the 1943 and 1947 Camden City Directories. The street still exists, although it has probably been 60 years or more, since anyone has given much thought to the name "Crefeld Street". A look at Haddon Avenue tells the reason why.... Crefeld Street, which originally ran alongside the Convent of the Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary Shrine, became part of the Our Lady of Lourdes hospital grounds. 

Crefeld Street appears in the 1906 Sanborn Map of Camden as Arion Avenue, and was to have extended through to Ormond Avenue. At that time the only standing buildings in the area were the convent and the Haddon Avenue tollhouse. 

In December of 1945, the Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary agreed to sell a portion of their property at Haddon Avenue and Euclid Street in Camden to the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Allegany, New York for the construction of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Construction began in September 1947, with Bishop Eustace laying the cornerstone a year later. Crefeld Street essentially stopped being a city street at that time, however it still exists, as the driveway along the north side of the hospital, accessing the parking lot to the east side. There has been no through traffic access to Ormond Avenue for several decades, if there ever had been after 1947.

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

 Phil Cohen


Crefeld Street - 1906

It is worth noting that in 1906 Parkside was not even close to being fully developed. In later 
years Pembroke Avenue was "added to"
Bradley Avenue, and Milbank Avenue became Park
Boulevard
.


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