30 photos of historic buildings in Erie, Pa.

About a week before I left Erie last month, I had a great little freelance assignment that I accomplished entirely on my bicycle in a single afternoon. My dad, the president of Erie Center for Design and Preservation‘s board of directors, gave me a list of buildings his organization believes are worth saving in and around the city. I was reminded again and again of some of these while reading Joseph Mitchell’s “Up in the Old Hotel” this week in one of my graduate school classes.

I have sampled below 30 of the 90-plus images from the final edit that I submitted to my dad for web promotion on ECDP. It was very enjoyable trying to capture the different architectural aspects, some of which people might not see on a daily basis driving past them. I know I felt that way, since I had been past most of these hundreds of times during my time in Erie.

And if city leaders err and eventually let all of these be torn down or renovated beyond recognition, at least this visual record will exist someday.

Stanganelli’s

Engine Co. No. 8

Engine Co. No. 8

Engine Co. No. 8

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church

Erie Mill and Press

Erie Mill and Press

Erie Mill and Press

Erie Mill and Press

St. Ann’s Church

Engine Co. No. 8

Engine Co. No. 8

Wayne School

St. Patrick Church

Old Erie Public Library

Water tower

Watson smoke stack on 16th Street

Horse trough on Sassafras Street

Piano Company on 12th Street

Closed factory on Greengarden Boulevard

Closed factory on Greengarden Boulevard

Roosevelt Middle School

Roosevelt Middle School

I might have gone a little overboard on Ainsworth, but it’s a place that has great personal meaning for me after playing games there for four years in high school.

Ainsworth Field

Ainsworth Field

Ainsworth Field

Ainsworth Field

Ainsworth Field



3 Responses to “30 photos of historic buildings in Erie, Pa.”

  1. tom jargiello says:

    Engine co. #8– picked up my morning papers for my morning paper route–21 st and 20th street was the route. My first “job”–brings back lots of memories and many a cold morning at 5:30AM going through the snow!–made very little money but we were “working” and the money felt like a million dollars!!

    very bad weather, my dad would drive me—a great memory of time with my father and his helping me out! even remember my little brother—- carrying him in my paper bag ( he was only 3) and our first bonding as brothers as he joined his big brother in delivering his paper route!!).

    thanks for the memory!!

  2. Mary Ellen Magoc says:

    Ethan, we passed by Cohen Office Products #20 all the time when we went to visit my grandparents, and I never knew until today that it used to be ?Shaw Piano Company. Different angle, new knowledge. The building has been vacant FOREVER . . . Good photo, because I suspect it will soon go the way of EMI for Prep’s stadium.

  3. Brian Held says:

    Shaw Piano Company is originally a Griswold plant or storage site. My dad used to take me there when it was Cohen’s and they had four floors of hardware and a small Lowe’s inside there….if they ever tear it down, good luck I think it was built to be bomb proof…