Do you know when this photo was taken?
We know where it was taken — the corner of West Superior Street, Piedmont Avenue and Garfield Avenue. This view is looking north; today the buildings are gone, and it’s a vacant lot. The site is slated to become the home of Garfield Square, a $13.4 million, 50-unit apartment building that should begin construction later this year.
The folder this photo was stored in suggests that it might be from 1965, but the photo itself carries no date. The “Fitger’s Beer” signs in the window put the date sometime before 1972, when that brewery closed.
Often when trying to date an old photo, I look at cars — but there are none in this image. And old city directories from the 1960s and early 1970s don’t list a Ray’s West End Tavern at that location — though a few list a “Collins Tavern” (perhaps a previous occupant of that space?)
If you have any information or memories about Ray’s West End Tavern, post a comment.
Here’s a zoomed-in view of the beer signs:
And here’s how that site looks today: