Lydia Street is part of an historic neighborhood called Schnitzelburg where the houses are close together, there’s a tavern on every third corner and every other house is being lovingly renovated. We went on a recent neighborhood history walk to learn more about where we live.
According to our tour guides, the neighborhood was settled in the late 1800s by German Catholics. The guides pointed out sites where, during the 1940s and 50s bakeries, butchers and barbers once were. In some cases, those old businesses are being revived in a hipster kind of way. While others are are still going strong.
The tour guide took us past an ordinary-looking house on Mulberry Street where the new owners discovered it had once been the site of a dairy. They found a box of milk jar lids (and everyone on the tour got one to keep).
We also learned that a neighborhood group has a grant from the city to plant redbud trees to replace some of the older trees that have died out over the years. The plan is to create street after street filled with redbuds (which are city-sidewalk friendly) and to eventually host a neighborhood festival in the early spring when they’re in bloom. Nearly 100 trees have already been planted.
We love our historic neighborhood.