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Lawrenceville: Cinderella

Cinderella (ash cement) was a house erected during a bricklayers' strike in July 1903, when John Fink determined to test the use of ashes in construction. Setting up forms like those for concrete, he filled them with a mixture of ashes, cement, and water, well tamped down. The house, integrally built, is still in excellent condition, with a speckled appearance. The plan proved cheaper than brick construction, but never became popular. The Cinderella originally had a bakeshop in the cellar and apartments above. It remains an apartment house. Location: Uptown, corner of 263 Thirty-seventh Street and 3701 Penn Avenue. (11)

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