Convent Avenue: Then and now

Convent Avenue: Then and now

On Dec. 31, 1999, I decided to snap photos of the buildings on my street. It’s become my new year’s tradition.

396 S. Convent on Dec. 31, 1999.

396 S. Convent on Dec. 31, 1999.

396 S. Convent on Dec. 31, 2018. It’s gone white and the door on the left is a door no more.

396 S. Convent on Dec. 31, 2018. It’s gone white and the door on the left is a door no more.

This “before” photo is even older — probably about 1989. It shows 396 S. Convent on the left and 382 S Convent on the right. The house under construction at the back is 388 S. Convent.

This “before” photo is even older — probably about 1989. It shows 396 S. Convent on the left and 382 S Convent on the right. The house under construction at the back is 388 S. Convent.

The view on Dec. 31, 2018. An addition to 396 has replaced part of the patio and picket fence.

The view on Dec. 31, 2018. An addition to 396 has replaced part of the patio and picket fence.

The beautiful restoration of 387 S. Convent on Dec. 31, 1999.

The beautiful restoration of 387 S. Convent on Dec. 31, 1999.

387 S. Convent, still looking lovely in December 2018.

387 S. Convent, still looking lovely in December 2018.

413 S. Convent, pre-plaster, on Dec. 31, 1999. This house was built in 1981.

413 S. Convent, pre-plaster, on Dec. 31, 1999. This house was built in 1981.

413 S. Convent in December 2018.

413 S. Convent in December 2018.

418 S. Convent was owned by the same family for about 70 years. As I recall, this was near the end of their ownership. Dec. 31, 1999.

418 S. Convent was owned by the same family for about 70 years. As I recall, this was near the end of their ownership. Dec. 31, 1999.

Not a big fan of white houses in the desert; the mid-day glare is too harsh. But this color combo? Oh my, no. December 2018.

Not a big fan of white houses in the desert; the mid-day glare is too harsh. But this color combo? Oh my, no. December 2018.

432-436 S. Convent has been vacant for many years. Photo taken December 1999.

432-436 S. Convent has been vacant for many years. Photo taken December 1999.

Sadly, the front of 432-436 S. Convent is in danger of collapse. It is difficult to tell from this photo, but the brick and stone along the bottom of the building are popping out. December 2018.

Sadly, the front of 432-436 S. Convent is in danger of collapse. It is difficult to tell from this photo, but the brick and stone along the bottom of the building are popping out. December 2018.

See that person walking in front of the vacant lot in 1980? Remember that lot.

See that person walking in front of the vacant lot in 1980? Remember that lot.

The vacant lot became 501 S. Convent by December 1999.

The vacant lot became 501 S. Convent by December 1999.

501 S. Convent in December 2018.

501 S. Convent in December 2018.

To be continued.

Part Two of Convent Avenue: Then and now

How gentrification started

How gentrification started