and here it is again on a Sanborn map of 1888.
The 1888 map is fascinating, because it indicates the businesses and institutions of the period. Just this section of a block shows a hot house, a tinsmith, a smithy, a coal yard, a paint shop, and the Union Sunday School. 16th between Fifth and Sixth has been ravaged by developers, but still contains some fine old houses. The house at 220 is gone today, but its immediate neighbors to the west are still there, along with a number of other brick and frame houses dating at least as far back as the 1870s. There's also a front house/ back house combo that I covet.
The $15,000,000 price tag marks an attempt at an almighty flip. Both 220 and 222 were bought a year ago by Grekam Realty Management, 220 for $1,820,000, and 222 for $980,000.
The address for Grekam is registered as 263 Prospect Avenue, the site of the Grand Prospect Hall. Local residents will remember that the owner of the Grand Prospect, Michael Halkias, proposed building a hotel and parking lot next to the hall on Prospect Avenue back in 2011. The hotel has not been built, but by '14 Halkias had amassed seven properties on 16th, one of which gave him a connecting driveway to Prospect.
Fifteen million sounds like a crazy price, but it's 2015, and this is a large and unusual property. I have no idea how the size and shape of the lot dictates the scope of development. A good portion of it is surrounded by recent, less than attractive buildings, but there's also St. John's on Prospect & some smaller residential buildings.
On it goes.