Hi Tom, I walked past that building every day, as I headed into town on my lunch hour. The Public Service Electric, Engineering Dept, Line Dept., and Storeroom, were just North on Warren St. Forgot what it housed, but I can just make out St. Mary's Convent, at the very top on either side of the cross.
There are some spectacular photos of that billboard, with the clock. Check these Item numbers on the Duke web site, Brock's Garage, 4807, and 4808. Ties in with the 1939 World's Fair in N.Y. Also, H0882 and H0883, pg 33 & 42, Best Buiick Yet, 1941. rayfromvillapark
And just a few years later that church and rectory would be consumed in a horrible fire. We watched some of it from the area by the bus terminal and as a kid I nightmares for a few year after seeing that.
Behind the Convent on the corner was the Cathedral Gym, where we held our troop 35 Boy Scout meetings. Tom McGann was the scoutmaster, George Swangler the Assistant Scout master.
The Tall brick building in the background was the Manning "Mayfloer" moving and storage warehouse.
The tragic fire took place in March of 1956, It happened the day I left for Northern California to start a bew career,
Monsignor Crean died in that fire, and they honored him by naming a Knights of Columbus Chapter after him.
There was a couple of frame commercial buildings this side of the Maxwell billboard. One was a resturant, and the other a radio repair shop as I recall.
Directly across the street from the billboard was The Episcopal Cememtary, than heading back to Broad St. was the Ave Mariea Shop, next to Frank Robbin's bakery where his "Snowflake" rolls were legendary..
Great stories, thanks to you.