Wartime Housing

This picture was shot from, what came to be, our, balcony. It’s from October 2008, we were here in Saint John, visiting, looking at apartments.

All these little homes you see — this is just a little portion of the area — were built in the 40’s for returning veterans after WWII. I found some info on a webpage, and it’s said they built hundred houses, but I’m uncertain about that figure … it looks like many more.

They were built on a former golf course, each costing $5,500 at the time.

What’s funny and interesting to me about them, is when I look at each and every one, thinking that they were more or less identical in the beginning — how different and individual they are today.

There are not two looking the same … they’ve been expanded in various ways and almost everyone has either a garage added, or at least a little shed in the back. Here, a night shot of the place.

It’s a really cute area … when I’m walking through it, I get the impression that the people living there are either senior citizens or really young couples.

There are well groomed gardens and the birds are chirping … I like to imagine that it’s very friendly area and that they all know one another.

Sometimes they also get their share of urban wildlife…

But most of all, when I’m out there looking down, it’s the personalization … customization … of them all that I find fascinating. Not one is in its original shape or form …. of course, after all these years!

Imagine how many children have grown up here, considering the families moved in around 1945.

Most of the street names have some kind of historical connection … the street you see in these, above, pictures, is Montgomery Crescent.

Our building is sort of looming large above the whole area. I don’t know which year it was built but it sure has been sitting there for many years.

As I’ve been typing up this post, I hear on the radio that today is Saint John’s 226th birthday, so … Happy Birthday! I love Saint John … my adopted city.

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9 thoughts on “Wartime Housing”

  1. Looks like a nice area. And what a good thing to build for soldiers returning from the war. I do not think we did that here. At least not in my area.

  2. Great historical writeup while adding some personal attachment to the area…… I was there … standing on the hill and old graveyard behind Saint Peter’s School watching them build those homes back then and shall never forget that period in my life. Thanks for taking me for a meaningful stroll down memory lane , sweetie !

  3. On Long Island we lived in a Levitt development — one of thousands built across the US after WW II.
    Our development was of modest houses designed like a child draws them, four walls, a door, windows, a chimney, you know! But after so many years, as you point out — every one is so different!
    People leave their marks —

  4. In the US they were private developments, built by a shrewd and foresighted builder named Levitt. Some were more substantial, even Tudor style, but ours were the less expensive, children’s-coloring-book variety. But fine, gave you what you needed.

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