Expo Park, Circa 1946: Dry Goods, Rooms to Let, Sheet Metal, and Head-In Parking

by Paula Bosse

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by Paula Bosse

Next time you stop by the Amsterdam Bar at 831 Exposition Avenue, whip out your phone and show this photo to your drinking buddies — this is what the street looked like two doors down, just after World War II. The two-story 827 Exposition was home to Lief Dry Goods and the Lief Hotel, and the single-story 825 Exposition was divided up into McNeill’s Tin Shop and the Fair Way Cleaners & Laundry (it currently houses the Ochre House theater space). Today the neighborhood has lost much of its grittiness (and head-in parking), but the buildings are still recognizable almost 70 years later. Below, present-day 827 and 825 Exposition Avenue.

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Top photo from Jim Wheat’s Dallas County Texas Archives.

Bottom two images from Google Street View.

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Copyright © 2014 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.

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