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The street was named for William Lytle, the surveyor.
Note: Information regarding streetscapes is based a streetscape inventory conducted in 1980 with information placed on the NJ Historical Commission's Streetscape Inventory Forms. Pertinent information - description, history, number of resources, etc. was revised based on the 2015 survey of Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood resulting in the information below. Numbers such as "1109-7-S13" refer to the individual 1980 Streetscape forms.
Lytle Street – 1109-7-S10
Like Green and Quarry, Lytle was laid out c. 1875 and mostly built-out by 1895 (Sanborn). Today it may be one of the most changed streets in Witherspoon-Jackson, as several houses have been removed, new, larger and more eclectic ones constructed, and others modified. Though like most cross streets in Witherspoon-Jackson it mainly contains single family homes, at one time Lytle’s buildings offered several other uses. As late as 1980 there was an American Legion Post, a liquor store (founded in 1933) and a bar in mid-block. Today the street contains a mixture of single and multi-family residences. Most singles are small, frame, 2-story residences with front-end gabled roofs. Many but not all, have and full- length front porches. Perhaps due to age there is more variety of styles here, as well as materials. Most are well maintained. As of 1980 75% had either aluminum, asbestos, or some other artificial siding over the original clapboard or shingles, and many have lost other architectural details, according to the 1980 survey. A vacant lot between #22 and #26 is now used as a parking lot in 1988 is now a multi-family house, as is 16-18 Lytle Street. The design of both new buildings does not appear to be sensitive to the historic streetscape. The one-way street is narrow and trees line the curb on both sides near the sidewalks.
The street was named for William Lytle, the surveyor. Due to its narrowness, the street is one way. Houses here are set closer to the street, with some porch steps opening to the sidewalk.
Less consistent than those found on other streets in the neighborhood in materials, setback or scale, they are primarily owner occupied and well- maintained, other uses (or former uses) exists as well. This includes the American Legion Post building.
Approximate number of buildings: 24 in 2015; uncounted in 1980