I want to share the attached pictures of the Bancroft Park area taken circa. 1900. The Bancroft Park Draper development
took place roughly between 1895-1905. Whilst working in the Master Mechanics office during the 1960’s, I rescued these
pictures from going to the trash. They are B&W 11x 14 photos mounted on heavy cardboard.
In order to preserve them and share them, I asked Morin Studios to shoot them and convert them to digital media. I just
received the project from Morin.
You probably know that in addition to sewerage plumbing, the early duplexes were plumbed with gas piping to be used for
home lighting. However, this method for lighting was abandoned when electricity and knob & tubing wiring became
I have used the current house numbering as file names for the pictures.
If one looks closely, you can see the hitching posts on the sidewalks to tie the horses as well as horse “droppings” in the
gravel streets.. Also, it is clear that only the inner circle of the Park was completed at the time the pictures were taken. Note
also that the appearance of the house lawns and gardens is immaculate which was a requirement of the Company during
the employee rental period to continue as a tenant. Any slackers would be reprimanded.
I hope you find the pictures interesting and enjoyable. Also, Morin Studios did a wonderful job with the reproduction and
enhancement of the pictures.
Bancroft Park memories of Charles Merrill and Dot Stanas Now and Then - Bancroft Park
The Draper Duplexes HOME
trash collection, etc . took place in back of each house using the common (back)
roadway with one entrance/exit near duplex #1 and the other near duplex #25. One
can see the rows of metal trash barrels in the picture. This arrangement contributed
to keeping the front of each home in pristine condition. Bill Redden.