|Old Time Erie: Commerce Bldg. courtesy of Ken Sidun.|
Twelfth and State was a very busy intersection, so its hard to believe that there was NO TRAFFIC LIGHT at this corner.
The old postcard of Erie on the right shows the trolley traveling south on State Street and turning west onto 12th Street. There is also a woman pushing a stroller across 12th Street with a group of people walking behind her. And the cars seem pretty close to each other.
There does not appear to be a radio antenna on top of the Commerce Building in this shot. WLEU and later WCCK both broadcast their stations from this location.
Richard Irwin was the architect of the Commerce Bldg. It was built by Mayer Brothers Construction of Erie, PA. Dr. Elmer Hess was an early tenant of the Commerce Bldg.
The Commerce Building was demolished in the 1980s. Click here to view a photo of the demolition of the brick-faced building.
Enjoy more historical facts and photos of Erie, Pennsylvania at: Old Time Erie