Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Decatur
Street


DECATUR STREET is named for American Naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, who played a decisive role in the War of 1812 and in America's war with Muslim pirates operating out of Tripolia nd other ports in North Africa. Decatur is also known for his quote "...our country right or wrong."

Decatur Street runs from Mount Ephraim Avenue on a straight line roughly north-east towards Haddon Avenue, stopping before the railroad tracks that run parallel to Haddon Avenue at that point. Development began around the turn of the century, and the street was for the most part completely built up by 1950. Many of the early residents of Decatur Street were of Polish descent, and were members of St. Joseph's Church at 10th and Mechanic Streets. Like virtually all other streets in Camden, Decatur Street was always ethnically, if not racially, mixed.

Decatur Street is for the most part residential. The South Camden Bakery was located in the 1200 block at one time, and at the intersection of Norris and Decatur at one time held a grocery, a bar, and a social club. The Victory Cafe stood at 1301 Decatur Street, the 13th Ward Democrat Club was across the street at 1302, and a grocery was located at 1299 Decatur Street. Bar owner Edward Zajac, who boxed professionally out of Camden as Eddie Chaney, lived at 1287 Decatur Street. The most notable building on Decatur Street was St. Joseph's High School. 

Shortly after World War II, St. Joseph's High School was erected at the corner of Mount Ephraim and Decatur Street. The school was abandoned by the Diocese of Camden around 1979, and stood vacant and open to the elements, drug dealers, squatters, and other undesirables for many years before it was acquired and converted into the Dayton Manor nursing home. The presence of the empty building, combined with the flood of drugs into Camden in the mid-1980s, and other social factors combined to the overall decline of Decatur Street and the surrounding neighborhood.    

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

 Phil Cohen


1200 Block of Decatur Street
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1200 Decatur Street

May 15, 2005

1200 Decatur Street

May 15, 2005

1207 & 1209 Decatur Street

1911-1924
August Scholl

December 28, 2011


1207 Decatur Street

December 28, 2011

 

1209 Decatur Street

December 28, 2011

  1215 Decatur Street

1936 Mrs. Mary Lisowski
1936
Stanley Wojciechowski

 

1217 Decatur Street

about 1928

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1217-1219-1221 Decatur Street

about 1928

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1219 Decatur Street

about 1928

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1220 Decatur Street

Robert Knighton
Camden Courier-Post
August 8, 1933

  1220 Decatur Street

1942-1956 Vincent Pavlak Family
Vincent & Annie Pavlak
1947-1956 Catherine Pavlak
1947-1956 
Nicholas Pavlak
police

1221 Decatur Street

about 1928

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  1226 Decatur Street

1939
Leon F. Puszczykowksi & Family
Leon F. & Minnie Puszczykowski
Leon C. Puszczykowski

1255 Decatur Street

1929-1933 Fred Klosterman

 

  1259 Decatur Street

1950s Frank & Angelina DeNinno

 


1264 Decatur Street

1932 Thomas Hines

Camden Courier-Post
June 13, 1932

Leon Gentek
Van Hook Street
Purdy's Cafe
Oscar Probst

1271 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1271 & 1273 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1273 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1275 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1275 & 1277 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1276 Decatur Street

2012 Tower of Prayer and Deliverance, Inc.

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1276 Decatur Street

2012 Tower of Prayer and Deliverance, Inc.

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1277 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1279 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1279 & 1281 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012


Philadelphia Inquirer - March 3, 2012

Arson fire kills homeless man in Camden

Authorities have identified a 65-year-old elderly squatter killed Friday morning in a Camden arson fire.

After battling a blaze that burned through a rowhouse on the 1200 block of Decatur Street, fire fighters found Paul Johnson on the second floor of the home around 4:15 a.m., police said. 

An autopsy ruled the man had died from smoke inhalation, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office ruled the death a homicide

1281 Decatur Street

Destroyed by Fire on March 2, 2012

 

1281 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

1283 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

STORES, HOMES LOOTED; RADIO, PENNIES TAKEN

Burglars who broke into two stores and a private home Thursday night got exactly $2.50, a radio, and some cigars for their trouble.

At the store of Basile Constantine, 402 Berkley Street, cigars valued at $1.50 were stolen by the intruders, who forced a rear shutter. Michael Kelly, of 11 South Fourth Street, reported his store was broken Into and $2.50 in pennies stolen. Entrance was gained through a rear window. James Hayes, of 1287 Decatur Street, told the police his radio set was stolen by the thieves after they entered his house through a rear window. 

Detectives Clarence Arthur and Clifford Carr are investigating..

1287 Decatur Street

19333 James Hayes

Camden Courier-Post
June 17, 1933

  1287 Decatur Street

Eddie Chaney

 

1290 Decatur Street

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

  1291 Decatur Street

1933 John Capello

  1293 Decatur Street

1933 Jennie Barriger

  1295 Decatur Street
1296 Decatur Street

1957
Vincenzo Gallo & Family
Vincenzo & Nicoletta Gallo
Dominick F. Gallo

Camden Courier-Post
December 12, 1957

1297 Decatur Street

1930s-1940
Herman J. Baker
Herman J. & Emma Baker

1299 Decatur Street

1947 Santo Ardire
grocery

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

Scheduled for Demolition in March of 2012

1299 Decatur Street

1947 Santo Ardire
grocery

Photograph taken March 15, 2012

Scheduled for Demolition in March of 2012



1300 Block of Decatur Street
1301 & 1303
Decatur Street

October 5, 2003

  1301
Decatur Street

The Victory Cafe

 

  1302
Decatur Street

13th Ward Democrat Club

1303 Decatur Street

1941
Nicholas Iacovelli
auxiliary fireman

Camden Courier-Post
July 1, 1941

Left: Charles Geitz
Right: Nicholas Iacovelli

  1303 Decatur Street
  1305 Decatur Street
1307 & 1309
Decatur Street

February 22, 2004

  1307 Decatur Street
  1309 Decatur Street
1307 & 1309
Decatur Street

February 22, 2004

1307 & 1309
Decatur Street

February 22, 2004

Decatur Street

February 22, 2004

Decatur Street

February 22, 2004

Decatur Street

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Decatur Street

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Decatur Street

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Decatur Street

February 22, 2004

  1319 Decatur Street
  1321 Decatur Street
  1323 Decatur Street
1329 Decatur Street

1941
William J. Sbariscia

Camden Courier-Post
July 24, 1941

  1329 Decatur Street
  1331 Decatur Street
  1332 Decatur Street
  1334 Decatur Street
  1338 Decatur Street

1947
Michael Nardelli & Family
Michael & Mary Nardelli

  1340 Decatur Street
  1342 Decatur Street
  1344 Decatur Street
  1345 Decatur Street
  1346 Decatur Street
  1347 Decatur Street
  1348 Decatur Street

1947 Roy DeSanctis

  1351 Decatur Street

1940s-1947 Rocco DeSanctis

1351 Decatur Street

1940s-1945 Romeo DeSanctis

  1353 Decatur Street

1930s-1940s
Lawrence A. Scavette & Family
Lawrence A. & Concetta Scavette
Daniel Scavette
Mildred Scavette
Jennie Scavette
Teresa Scavette
Achille Scavette
Lawrence A. Scavette Jr.

SERGEANT
LAWRENCE A. SCAVETT JR. 

(Last name was shortened to
Scavett at enlistment)


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