136 Fremont Place


By 1925, Hazel Mead Slocum, a divorcée with investment capital, had acquired a house built six years before at the southeast corner of Alexandria Avenue and West Fourth Street by the developers of the Chapman Park Tract; the Department of Buildings had issued permits for a 12-room house and a garage at 400 South Alexandria to Charles and Samuel Chapman on April 12, 1919. With plans for the redevelopment of its lot, it appears that this house was moved to Fremont Place's Lot 130 to become 136 Fremont Place in 1926. Mrs. Slocum had acquired the southerly 100-foot-wide portion of Lot 130, businessman John Niven the 75-foot northerly remainder. Niven had a house moved from Ardmore Avenue in July 1926; this became 134 Fremont Place. The Department of Building and Safety issued Mrs. Slocum a permit for a new foundation and basement for her own transfer on September 24, 1926, which became #136. Hazel did not stay long; neither did her successor, Mrs. L. M. Golden.

After her short stay at 134 Fremont Place, Hazel Slocum moved with her parents to a rented house on Magnolia Avenue as she formulated plans for her Alexandria Avenue property. In 1934, she built the 11-unit apartment building that stands at 400 South Alexandria today. She moved into her own apartment there after it was completed.

Miss Slocum hung at 136 for less than two
years, Mrs. Golden for less than one: Auction
ads for their finery appeared in the Times on
September 23, 1928, and August 18, 1929.

Illustrations: MLSLAT