Carl’s Corner archway in Avondale Estates is repairedCarl's Corner, a historic gateway arch in Avondale Estates, prior to the stabilization. Photo courtesy of Avondale Estates
Avondale Estates says the historic Carl’s Corner monument has been repaired ahead of schedule.
In its July/August newsletter, the city reported, “In April, after months of work—but still ahead of schedule—the City of Avondale Estates completed stabilizing and repairing its historic western gateway monument, Carl’s Corner.”
Last March, the city received a $9,270 grant from the Historic Preservation Fund to fix the red brick and stucco archway, built in the 1920s. The grant covered 60 percent of the work needed on the archway.
The memorial, located at the corner of South Avondale and North Avondale Roads, was named after Carl Houseworth, an Avondale Estates gardener. The city news letter says, “It was referenced in 1986 as a contributing feature to the National Register of Historic Places District.”
It goes on to say, “A letter signed by a group of five longtime Avondale Estates residents cites the importance of restoring Carl’s Corner, one of the city’s original structures: ‘It was meant to be a welcome mat for pedestrians visiting our town. This has been an inspiration for many local artists.'”