Diamond Street

Looking South from Mount Vernon Street August 2, 2006. Photo by Phil Cohen.

Diamond Street is a brief one-block path stretching southward from 1186 Mount Vernon Street to Chestnut Street, located west of Haddon Avenue. Its presence in City Directories dates back to 1887, and considering its absence in the prior edition (1885-1886), it is reasonably inferred that Diamond Street was established during this interim.

Historically, the street has been predominantly inhabited by Polish immigrant families, owing to its proximity to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, a focal point of Camden’s Polish community. Originally, houses on Diamond Street were assigned single or double-digit numbers. This numbering practice persisted in the 1890-1891 City Directory. However, the subsequent 1891-1892 edition saw the adoption of the standard house numbering system, a transition confirmed by the use of four-digit numbers on the 1891 Sanborn Map.


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