This #wherewasthiswednesday🤔 takes us down State Street to the Piscataqua River.
This view was taken in January 1921 in preparation for the approach for the first Memorial Bridge, which opened in 1923. On the left, the buildings were demolished; however, on the right, the brick row houses still stand along State Street.
In the distance at the foot of State Street once stood the Portsmouth Fish Company, left, and the C. E. Walker and Co. coal company, right, on the corner of State and Water (now Marcy) streets. The site of the coal company is now part of Prescott Park.
In the background on the left, zoom in to see a bay window overlooking a building once known as the Elm House, a bordello operated by Madam Eva Stanton White in Portsmouth's Red Light District.🔴
A decade earlier in May 1911, White was arraigned in court along with John Ramsey, Etta de Forest, Alta Roberts, & Mary Baker, all described as "managers of resorts on Water Street" in the police log in the Portsmouth Herald. They were charged with maintaining disorderly houses. Later that year, White and others were fined $75 and cost at $25 with a jail sentence of three months suspended. A year later, White and three others were brought to jail to serve the 90 days.
According to "They Came To Fish" by Portsmouth historian Ray Brighton, this bay window was saved. In his chapter "The Red Lights are Turned Off," Brighton writes, "If a stroller along Bow Street will glance upward when he passes No. 35, he will note a second floor bay window. That window came from the Elm House. Eva White had it salvaged when the old place was being leveled, had it brought to an apartment on Bow Street and installed, perhaps as a memento of 'better days'."
It should be noted that local historian J. Dennis Robinson wrote a follow up to Brighton's claim calling the "Borrowed Bordello Balcony" 😄 a legend as it couldn't be confirmed. However, in 1926, White's name appeared again in the police log when the Bow Street home of White was raided for liquor.🤔
[Thomas C. Wilson Collection, P0001_1364]
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