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Burleigh, Thomas. City of Kingston, ca. 1875. Courtesy Friends of Historic Kingston.

This lithograph is the first known image that shows the current buildings at 99-101 Broadway.

tincture bottle

Tincture bottle of Kemps Balsam, ca. 1875

The Cloonan family lived and worked on the site of 101 Broadway according to the Kingston City Directory of 1877. Edward Cloonan's business was "soda water," and his house and business were at "Union av corner Spring." (Union would later be renamed Broadway).

shoe

Shoe, date unknown

This shoe was discovered in the ceiling of the southeastern wall of 99 Broadway during the 2009 Building Stabilization Project. Burying a shoe in a chimney, wall or ceiling of a new building to protect the inhabitants from evil spirits is a custom dating to the Middle Ages.

Doll head

Porcelain doll head, date unknown

In the early 1900s, several immigrant working families rented the apartments at 101 Broadway. We might imagine that 9-year-old Anna Jordan, whose parents were Irish, was crushed when her porcelain doll’s head broke off, or that Anna Sills, a homemaker living here in 1905, cooked with this plate and spoon (shown below) for her German-born husband and five American-born children. 

Whiteware

Early 20th century whiteware plate 

Description above.

spoon

Spoon, date unknown

Description above.

leather

Piece of leather, Archeological Dig by Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc., 2013

James Van Buren operated a leather, findings and hides business on the Reher Center site from 1883 to 1900. The 1897 Kingston City Directory is the first to list this address as 99-101 Broadway. Van Buren appears never to have lived on-site, but rather uptown

 

Dig

Archeological Dig by Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc., 2013

Proposed site drainage work as part of the Building Stabilization Project for the Reher Center triggered a state-mandated archaeology study. Earlier drainage structures and trenches were uncovered along with numerous household artifacts.