This week's "Then and Now" features a block that has been an integral part of the downtown since the early days of Ocean City: the 900 Block of Asbury Avenue.
The first image shows the ocean side of the block under construction in 1923. Note the individual shops with apartments above. The sign in the picture says: "H.C. Pontiere–Builder of Substantial Homes Phone 688 Office—946 Asbury."
Humbert C. Pontiere was a builder and developer for many years in Ocean City. In the second image, you will notice many of the individual shops have been combined for more space. Most of the block remains intact today.
To see more historical photos of Ocean City, visit the Ocean City Historical Museum in the at 1735 Simpson Ave.