672-676 Summit Avenue

One of the early apartment buildings on Summit Avenue was this brick and copper- colored brownstone sixplex, a commercial property of German-born Herman Kretz, builder, owner and manager.  The apartment is an example of the Jacobsville type of sandstone/brownstone.   Uncle Allen lived here at the 672 address; later Allen and his sister Annabel shared an apartment at 676.

Have you ever wondered why there are so few apartment buildings on Summit Avenue?  Before 1900, rental properties numbered four apartment buildings and two row houses including Fitzgerald’s Summit Terrace. The neighborhood controlled the growth pattern by petitioning for a restricted residential district.  This lasted from 1915 until the WWII housing crunch. (Sandeen,30)