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Surfside, Nantucket: An unrecorded real estate map

An extremely rare 1880s plat of lots for sale in Surfside on Nantucket’s South Shore. Note: This plat was acquired in partnership with Barry Ruderman Antique Maps as part of an archive of some 150 Nantucket real estate maps and plats. The group includes several impressions of the plat—the only known examples–identical in all but the added […]

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J.H. Millar of the firm Bryan & Millar, Panora, Guthrie Co., Iowa (mapmaker) / G.H. Yewel (illustrator) / Cook, Sargent & Downey (publishers) / W. Schuchman, 3d St. Pittsburgh (lithographer), IOWA CITY AND ITS ENVIRONS. Iowa City: Cook, Sargent & Downey, 1854.

1854 wall map promoting Iowa City

A rare, detailed and attractive 1854 wall map of Iowa City produced as a promotional piece on behalf of local real estate investors. The territorial legislature of Iowa established Iowa City in 1839. The city was surveyed and platted later that year, and in 1841 the territorial capital shifted there from Burlington. Following Iowa’s accession […]

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Ca. 1901 promotional plan of the Piedmont development in Portland Oregon

Rare real estate maps of Portland Oregon

A very rare promotional plan for part of the Piedmont development in Portland, Oregon, backed by a large plan of the city. I quote extensively from the web site of the Piedmont Neighborhood Association: “The Piedmont subdivision was platted in 1889 by Edward Quackenbush and promoted in an early flyer as “The Emerald, Portland’s Evergreen […]

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Designed by H. T. Whitman Civil Engineer / Surveys by Edm. Grover and G. L. Walker, PLAN OF A SECTION OF SEA SHORE LOTS AT MAKONIKEY HEIGHTS MARTHAS VINEYARD MASS. Property of Marthas Vineyard Co. Boston: Marthas Vineyard Co., [ca. 1891].

Development at Makonikey Heights on Marthas Vineyard

A rare, nicely executed plan designed to attract investment in an 1890s development in the Makonikey area of Marthas Vineyard, lying between Tisbury and Vineyard Haven on heights overlooking Vineyard Sound. The development at Makonikey was funded by a group of mainland businessmen with no particular connection to the island, among them E. H. Capen, […]

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Boom (and bust) at Lagoon Heights, Martha’s Vineyard

Lovely promotional map for the Lagoon Heights development in present-day Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. This plan combines a plat of the Lagoon Heights development with decorative vignettes of two very fine cottages and an unusual perspective view of the Lagoon and Vineyard Sound. The overall impression is most attractive, rendering this is one of the […]

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Joseph H. Curtis, Landscape Engineer 85 Dev. St. Boston from surveys by J. G. Kelly / Heliotype Printing Co. Boston, Plan of Heights of BUENA VISTA near terminus of Mt. Desert Branch of M.C.R.R.Hancock, Maine, Dec. 1888.

Rare plan for a coastal development near Mount Desert Island

The Maine Central Railroad was chartered in 1881 and completed in mid-1884, running nearly 50 miles from Penobscot Switch to the Mount Desert Ferry in Hancock, Maine. This created the only all-rail connection between Mount Desert, Portland, Boston and beyond. “Since the opening of the Mount Desert Branch of the Maine Central Railroad a new […]

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Unrecorded map promoting Ohiopyle on the Youghiogheny

An extremely rare promotional plan for a site at the Ohiopyle Falls of the Youghiogheny River. Pennsylvania’s Youghiogheny River runs northwest from the Maryland border through miles of mountainous country before emptying into the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. Among its most dramatic features are the Ohiopyle (Greek for “Gates of the Ohio”) Falls in Fayette […]

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18th-century map of the New York Military Tract

18th-century map of the New York Military Tract

A great rarity, being the first printed map of the New York Military Tract, established during the Revolution to provide compensation to the state’s veterans of the Revolutionary War.  The Military Tract, also called the New Military Tract, consisted of roughly two million acres in what is now known as the Finger Lakes Region, set aside […]

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[Recto:] Cha[rle]s W[ellford] Leavitt, Jr. Landscape Engineer 220 Broadway N.Y.C. / W. Peggs[?] / C. S. Hammond & Co., N.Y., ESTATES of LONG BEACH WILLIAM H. REYNOLDS PRES. LONG ISLAND N.Y. OFFICE 225 5TH AVE –NEW YORK CITY. GENERAL LOT PLAN. [Verso:] Spofford / Engraved and Printed by the Brewer Press, LONG BEACH 24 MILES FROM 34TH ST. NEW YORK. New York: Estates of Long Beach Co., March 1907.

Visionary 1907 plan of Long Beach New York

A most attractive and very rare 1907 promotional plan revealing real estate magnate William H. Reynolds’ typically grandiose vision for the future city of Long Beach, New York. Born poor in 1868, at 18 Reynolds went into business as a builder and real estate broker, “having accumulated capital of $200 by obtaining a 2 per […]

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