Saturday, February 2, 2013

Bird's Eye View of Northeast Erie PA 1950s

Northeast Erie, PA bird's eye view ©John E. Baker 2013, used with permission.
Let's step back in time and check out this view of northeast Erie, PA from the Commerce Building. This spectacular shot was taken by John E. Baker. How many landmarks you can spot?

The tall building on the left is the Baldwin Building. The large white building is the General Telephone Company at 20 East 10th St. Saint Patrick's Church hugs the horizon. There's a small white Atlantic Gas station sitting at an angle on the southeast corner of 10th and French. Attorney Sesler's office is in the red house to the right of the gas station. 

The block east of French Street between 10th and 9th has really changed since this photo was taken. If it doesn't look familiar, it's because Jerry Uht Park now occupies the block, and the Erie Insurance Arena currently sits to the north of the ballpark. Yes, the Erie Seawolves and the Erie Otters are playing right in someone's old backyard. You can just see the edge of Sears Roebuck Department Store on the right side of this shot.

Leave a comment if you can identify any of the other buildings in this photo.

Enjoy more Erie, PA facts and photos at: Old Time Erie


  1. the brick building behind the GTE building is, of course The Warner theater.Then there's the grain elevator/power plant to the left of St. Pat's. On the lower right side of the photo, if I'm right, next to the gas station is the current home of the city mission.