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An exception to the mostly well-kept park neighborhood is this beautiful commercial building at the east end.

Vacant for nearly twenty years, it has been stripped of much ornament (though its ornate brickwork remains.) A rear wall is also starting to collapse.

As Toby Weiss writes, the curve of its facade gracefully follows that of the street. Its broad lower story is crying out for a quiet cafe or coffee shop with some sidewalk seating.

A related building stands behind it, more conventional in plan but harmonious in style and materials.

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