Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3416 Semmes Ave - Before and After

Today we have a contribution from a reader named Richard with a great picture of his wife's grandfather's Service Station:

"3416 Semmes Avenue at the triangle where Forest Hill Ave (ne Bainbridge St) and Semmes Ave meet. Currently the location of Coqui Cyclery.

This is my wife's grandfather, James H. Brown, at the first of his four service stations, and an unidentified employee.

Visible in the picture is Patrick Henry School (still in use) and the house at 3313 Semmes Avenue. Also visible in the picture are the power lines for the electric street car that ran on Semmes until 1949."

Here's what the building looks like in 2013:


  1. This is so awesome! Coqui Cyclery is a favorite weekly spot! Amazing how it still serves the public:)

  2. Clint Kronenberger Jr.March 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    We at Coqui are so pleased to be a part of the community. This corner has been the center of the local community for many years and we hope to be here for many years to come! Thanks so much for this amazing look into the past! This photo will be hanging in our shop proudly !

    1. Glad you like it Clint! And if my Mtn bike ever needs service, I'll be sure to bring it in. Thanks for keeping this building going after all these years.

  3. cool. love the before/after shots.

  4. Great stuff!! I grew up about 2 1/2 miles west (down Forest Hill Ave) from this intersection - so I remember it quite well! :) Am curious how long it was a service station - I vaguely remember it was still a service station into the '70s but I could be mistaken on that one (age will do that to the ol' memory banks!) Big thing I remember about it (other than passing through the area pretty frequently) was that my father would occasionally stop there to put air in the car tires. Weird memories, no? :)