Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Front
Street


FRONT STREET runs north and south, west of Second Street and parallel to the Delaware River from Erie Street in North Camden as far south as Atlantic Avenue. It originally ran virtually uninterrupted, but in the very early 1970s a number of redevelopment projects took place. 

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 Phil Cohen


Head of North Front Street
   

Intersection of North Front Street & Erie Street
   

900 Block of North Front Street
952 North Front Street

1894-1906
Albert Ebener & Family
hotel & saloon
Albert & Annie Ebener
Dorothy "Dora" Ebener - Edward Ebener
Horace Albert Ebener

Mozart Lodge No. 121, F. & A.M.

952 North Front Street

1906-1909
Christian Gienger & Family
saloon
Christian & Gertrude Geinger
Gertrude Gienger - Elwood Gienger

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 2, 1909

 952 North Front Street

1909-1947
Eugene Widmann Sr. & Family
saloon

Eugene & Jennie Widmann
Eugene Widmann Jr.
Walter Widmann

1949 George Engel
1950s Erie Cafe
1950s Frontier Playhouse
2003 Gone

952 North Front Street

1949 George Engel
1950s Erie Cafe
1950s Frontier Playhouse
2003 Gone

Photo from about 1949. The bar was then  known as "Engel's", and sometimes called "The Blood Pit". The bar had a reputation of being a rough place in the 1950s and 1960s. All unknown except for James "Gabby" Knox, at far right.

944 North Front Street

1955
Penn Jersey Welding Co., Inc.
Joseph J. Fitzpatrick

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ads

 

944 North Front Street

1955
Penn Jersey Welding Co., Inc.
Joseph J. Fitzpatrick

Matchbook Rotated View

 

929 North Front Street

1907
John Humes

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 1907

  917 North Front Street

1947 Vacant

   
   
   

Intersection of North Front Street & North Street
   

900 Block of North Front Street
  916 North Front Street

1947

  909 North Front Street

1909-1965
Michael J. Hallahan Jr. & Family
Michael J. & Sarah T. Hallahan
Mary Hallahan (daughter)
William F. Farrell (nephew)

Peter Pellegrino & Family
Peter & Mary Hallahan
Sarah J. Pellegrino
Michael J. Hallahan

Thomas W. Bowers & Family
Thomas W. & Sarah Pellegrino Bowers

909 North Front Street

Private William F. Farrell

909 North Front Street

1940s-1947
Thomas W. Bowers  & Family

  907 North Front Street

1930
William Bonner & Family

903 North Front Street

1884
Charles Stellman

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 6, 1884

  901 North Front Street

1947


Intersection of North Front Street & York Street
Looking Northwest
to Intersection of
North Front Street
and
York Street 

circa 1930s

   

800 Block of North Front Street
  822 North Front Street

1910s-1930s

808 North Front Street

1917
Clayton Thomas Lofland & Family
Clayton T. & Clara C. Hinderer Lofland
Elva Lofland
Miriam Ruth Lofland

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 10, 1917

William Elmer Lofland

  804 North Front Street

1947



Intersection of North Front Street & State Street
   

700 Block of North Front Street
  732 North Front Street

1947 Vacant


Intersection of North Front Street & Larch Street
   

Intersection of North Front Street & Main Street
   

Intersection of North Front Street & Vine Street
   

600 Block of North Front Street
  643 North Front Street


1897-1899
John S. Smith & Family
saloon
John S. & Rebecca Price Smith
Fitzhugh Lee Smith



  641 North Front Street

1947

  636 North Front Street

1904
Anthony Angelo & Family
Anthony & Edith Angelo
Joseph T. Angelo

  619 North Front Street

1947


Intersection of North Front Street & Danenhower Street
   

600 Block of North Front Street
  618 North Front Street

1947

615 North Front Street

1909
Peter Wolverton

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 11, 1909

Charles A. Wolverton
North Front Street
John W. Cotner
Vine Street
Calvin E. Snipe

613 North Front Street

1917 Phillipo Del Guerra

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 17, 1917

Margaret Del Guerra - Lino Battaloni
Philip Schmitz - Market Street

603 North Front Street

1917 Joseph McClosky

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 1915

  601 North Front Street

A Saloon as early as 1896

1896 Eliza Jones 
1904 Thomas Tracy 
1918-26 Charles E. Snyder 
1927-1947 Clara C. Snyder 
1954-1955 Cooper Tavern 
     (Raymond & Mary Welsh) 
1955-1956 Cooper Tavern 
     (Pat Caridi, Walter Canzanese, Donald Palese)
1959 Sally's Cafe 
1964-1966 Sam's Cafe 
1967 Casa Santiago (Francisco Santiago) 

601 North Front Street

1955-1956
Cooper Tavern

Camden Courier-Post
November 25, 1955

Raymond F. Welsh - Mary V. Welsh
North Front Street
Patrick Caridi
Princess Avenue
Donald Palese
Market Street

   

Intersection of North Front Street & Elm Street
   

500 Block of North Front Street
  544 North Front Street

1947

  542 North Front Street

1932 John Rossi

  532 North Front Street

1869-1872
Frederick Himmelein Sr. & Family
Frederick & Helena Himmelein
John Himmelein
Lizzie Himmelein
Frederick Himmelein Jr.

  528 North Front Street

1895-1897
James Egbert & Family
James & Lizzie Scroggy Egbert
Rhoda Egbert
Mrs. Sarah Scroggy

528 North Front Street

1935
John H. Jones

Camden Courier-Post
August 31, 1935

Mary W. Kobus
George E. Brunner

  526 North Front Street

1929


Intersection of North Front Street & Birch Street
   
   
   
   
   

500 Block of North Front Street
525 North Front Street

1938 Nora Williamson

Camden Courier-Post
February 21, 1938

524 North Front Street

1896
George Block
saloon

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 5, 1896

My Great-grandmother Sophia Pfeiffer Goehringer Breininger was a busy woman, she had 13 children, six of whom were alive in 1910. They all lived in Camden, NJ. From the early 1900s into the 1910s they lived at 519 North Front Street, where my Grandmother Frances Breininger Wilson was born at home. By 1912 they moved to 120 Elm Street. After Sophia died son George lived there. Son Frederick Goehringer lived at 126 North 26th Street. Frederick was coal dealer and husker, he or Harry had a horse for husking, and rented or had barn on corner of Front Street. Anna Goehringer Travis Mannes and Al her husband Al lived at 109 North 26th Street.

Jean Kuhn
April 21, 2012

519 North Front Street

1900s-1911
Franz "Frank" Breininger
&
Family
Frank & Sophie Goehringer Breininger
Anna Goehringer
Mary Goehringer
Harry Goehringer
George Goehringer
Frances Breininger

 

517 North Front Street

1906
John W. Bockius
saloon

 

514 North Front Street

1892 Mrs. Augusta Kohlinberg

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 9, 1892

Patrick McNally - Jesse Pratt

514 North Front Street

1899-1900
Charles Bush & Family
Charles & Annie Bush

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 23, 1900

508 North Front Street

1897 John Galvin

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 20, 1897

506 North Front Street

1918
Frank H. Bott & Family
Camden Fire Department

World War I Draft Card

  503 North Front Street
  501 North Front Street

1870s-1880s


Intersection of North Front Street & Pearl Street
   

400 Block of North Front Street
426 North Front Street

1884
Almer Barr

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 6, 1884

John W. Wescott
Richard F. Smith
John J. Walsh

  423 North Front Street
  419 North Front Street

1898
Frank Breininger

  414 North Front Street

 

  408 North Front Street

1888 Mrs. Sarah Scroggy

 


Intersection of North Front Street & England Place
   

400 Block of North Front Street
  406 North Front Street
  404 North Front Street

 

  402 North Front Street
  400 North Front Street

 


Intersection of North Front Street & Linden Street
 
Southwest Corner
Engine Company 6
   

300 Block of North Front Street
335 North Front Street

1890
MInor Rogers & Family

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 7, 1890

331 North Front Street

1890
Thomas McIntire

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 31, 1890

325 North Front Street

1915
William Boots

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 1915

317 & 319
North Front Street

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 1915

Click on Image to Enlarge

 

315 North Front Street

1941 Florence Fidler

Camden Courier-Post
July 26, 1941

 

  308 North Front Street

Click on Image to Enlarge

 

   
   
   
   
   

Intersection of
North Front Street & Centennial Avenue
   

Intersection of North Front Street & Penn Street
   
 
   

200 Block of North Front Street
 
200 Block of North Front Street

The Cooper Mansion was purchased by the City of Camden in December of 1898, and became the city's first public par. The three-story building on the property became the first home of Camden Free Public Library. In the 1910s the old mansion was razed to make room for the Johnson Library and Johnson Park

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 1, 1898

 Click on Image to Enlarge

  229 North Front Street

1910 

  227 North Front Street

1890
Mrs. Catherine Shannon & Family
Mrs. Catherine Shannon
widow of Thomas Shannon
James F. Shannon
saloon at 5-7 Market Street
John E. Shannon
Annie V. Shannon
Mary E. Shannon 

219 North Front Street

1912 Charles Bowers

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 13, 1912

Front Street
York Street
Clinton Street
Daniel Leach
Charles Worthington
David Bakley
Engine Company 6
Cooper Hospital

Click on Image to Enlarge

  201 North Front Street

1929

   
   

Intersection
of North Front Street & Cooper Street
Northwest Corner

Victor Talking Machine Company

Click on Image to Enlarge

 

100 Block of North Front Street

Click on Images to Enlarge

117-119-121
North Front Street

1890
Northrop Manufacturing Company

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 28, 1890

117-119-121
North Front Street

1900-1906
New Jersey Asbestos Company

  111-113-115 North Front Street

1891 Vacant

  111-115 North Front Street

1893-1906
Gausler & Starr Co.
Augustus C. Gausler - W.C. Starr - F.L. Starr
Horse Blanket manufacturers

  109 North Front Street

1891 

  108-116 North Front Street

1891
J.Z. Collings
carriage factory

  114 North Front Street

1907
Camden Metal Works
Horace L. Brewer

108 North Front Street

Eldridge R. Johnson

  107 North Front Street

1891

  106-1/2 North Front Street
also 101-103-105 Market Street

1891
WEST JERSEY PRESS BUILDING
plumber

106-1/3 North Front Street
also 101-103-105 Market Street

1891-1896
Lim SIng
laundry

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 27, 1895

  106-1/4 North Front Street
also 101-103-105 Market Street

1891

  106-1/5 North Front Street
also 101-103-105 Market Street

1891
paint 

  105 North Front Street

1891

  103 North Front Street

1891

  100 Block of
North Front Street

1900s-1990s
Campbell Soup

   
   

Intersection
of North Front Street & Market Street
Looking South
from
Market Street

Looking south from Market Street, this 1992 photo is of Camden Fire Department Ladder Company1 combating a fire on the 4th floor of the then vacant Campbell Soup plant.

 
   
   
   

Intersection
of North Front Street & George Street
   
   
   
   
   

Unit Block of North Front Street
39-41 North Front Street

1906
Joshua B. Frankin
Livery and Boardin STables

1906 Camden City Directory

33 North Front Street

1887-1897
Thomas McKenna
saloon

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 23, 1887

Jesse Pratt
Christian Eckert Sr. - Exchange Hotel
North 12th Street - Federal Street

33 North Front Street

1887-1894
Thomas McKenna
saloon

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 1894

Washington Ketline
John Nece
Peter J. Murphy
Frank Weidemann
Walter S. Hubbs

  33 North Front Street

1887-1893
Thomas McKenna & Family
Thomas & Catherine "Katie" Mckenna
Thomas Mckenna - James Mckenna

 29-33 North Front Street

1913
Camden Iron & Metal Company
Abraham Wax - Morris Wax

1913 City Directory Ad.


Intersection of North Front Street & Arch Street
 
   
   
   
   

Unit Block of North Front Street
22 North Front Street

Mickle Hall
built in 1788

  11 North Front Street

1929

  9 North Front Street

1929


Intersection of Front Street & Federal Street
   

Intersection of Front Street & Taylor Avenue
   

Intersection of Front Street & Pennsylvania Railroad
   

Intersection of Front Street & Clinton Street
   

Intersection of Front Street & Line Street
   

800 Block of South Front Street
  810 South Front Street

1929 Potter Express Company

   
   
   
   

Intersection
of South Front Street & Line Street
   

Intersection
of South Front Street & Walnut Street
   

Intersection
of South Front Street & Mt. Vernon Street
   

1000 Block of South Front Street
  1058 South Front Street

1947

1068 South Front Street

1895
Mrs. Anetta Timerline

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 18951929

  1068 South Front Street

1929


Intersection
of South Front Street & Chestnut Street
   

1100 Block of South Front Street

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  1120 South Front Street

1947

1134 South Front Street

1915
American Art Glass Compnany

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 1915

1134 South Front Street

1915
American Art Glass Compnany

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 18, 1915

1135 South Front Street
1131-1135 South Front Street

1884
Wilson Coal & Ice Company

Henry B. Wilson Sr.
George E. Wilson Sr.

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 1884

John Dobbins - Mrs. Ella Anderson 
Joseph Baymore - John G. Webb
William R. Vasey - John Keifer

Charles Day -
Hatch & Brother
Hugh Hatch - Joseph Hatch

Kaighn Avenue

  1135 South Front Street
1131-1135 South Front Street

1906
Justice Coal Company
Howard T. Justice

  1159 South Front Street

1929

  1161 South Front Street

1884 Mrs. Ella Anderson

  1161 South Front Street

1929

  1164 South Front Street

1929


Intersection of South Front Street & Kaighn Avenue
Southeast Corner
1202 South 2nd Street
aka 102 Kaighn Avenue

1800s-1899
South Ferry Hotel
saloon & beer garden

1883-1884 Theodore Krug, proprietor
1885-1889 John Korn, proprietor
1890-1899 William Brosch, proprietor

1906 Gone

Southeast Corner
1202 South 2nd Street
aka 102 Kaighn Avenue

1800s-1899
South Ferry Hotel
saloon & beer garden

1883-1884 Theodore Krug, proprietor
1885-1889 John Korn, proprietor
1890-1899 William Brosch, proprietor

1906 Gone

South-East Corner of Front Street & Kaighn Avenue

South Ferry Hotel
aka 
Joseph Kaighn House

Built prior to the Revolutionary War, during the British occupation of Philadelphia one of their cannon balls pierced the brick wall of the chimney, and rolled out on the hearth of the open fireplace. As a relic connecting Camden’s history with the  events of the Revolution it was exhibited at the great Sanitary Fair, held in Logan Square In Philadelphia, in 1864, which realized over $1,000,000 in aid of the sick and wounded Union soldiers of the Civil War.

The South Ferry Hotel, located at the southeast corner of Kaighn Avenue and Front Street, has been known to the citizens of Camden as a hotel, and its gardens as a place of resort, for more than a century (1886). Originally it was a farmhouse built by one of the Kaighn family’ the exact date when it was converted into a hotel is unknown, but the names of the landlords are familiar to the old residents, and include Adon Wills, Ebenzer Toole, Captain George Bender, Hewlings Haines, Aaron Hillman William Bryant, John Kinsell, Daniel W. Beckley, Abraham Smith, Sothron Norcross, ex-Sheriff Leeds, Daniel Wells, William Sands, Theodore Krug, and the present proprietor, John Korn

When first opened as a hotel it was close by the river-bank, and the ferry-boats, when started, had their slip across the street. The hotel is now nearly two squares away from the Kaighn's Point Ferry, the intervening ground having being filled in and built up to within a short distance of the ferry slip. It, however, still retains the name of South Ferry Hotel. A century ago it was a famous place of resort in the summer days for citizens of Philadelphia.

-History of Camden County, New Jersey
George Reeser Prowell, 1886

Around 1900 the South Ferry Hotel was razed to accomodate an expansion of the railroad yard at South Front Street and Kaighn Avenue. - PMC 

 


1200 Block of South Front Street
1202 South 2nd Street
aka 102 Kaighn Avenue

1883-1899
South Ferry Hotel
saloon & beer garden

1883-1884 Theodore Krug, proprietor
1885-1889 John Korn, proprietor
1890-1899 William Brosch, proprietor

1906 Gone

1202 South 2nd Street
aka 102
Kaighn Avenue

1883-1899
South Ferry Hotel
saloon & beer garden

1883-1884 Theodore Krug, proprietor
1885-1889 John Korn, proprietor
1890-1899 William Brosch, proprietor

1906 Gone

  1236 South Front Street

1947 Gone

  1238 South Front Street

1947

  1240 South Front Street

1947

  1246 South Front Street

1947


Intersection
of South Front Street & Mechanic Street
   
   

Intersection
of South Front Street & Atlantic Avenue
   
   




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