Friday, July 5, 2013

Downing Building 75 Years Later

The Downing Building was a fixture in Downtown Erie from the time it was built in 1883 until it was demolished in the early sixties. This once grand structure sat on the northwest corner of 9th and Peach St. and was built in 1883 by Jerome F. Downing.

This photo was taken in the early sixties, and shows the Peach Street side of the building. The entrance to the Office Bar & Restaurant hangs from the northeast corner, and a political campaign sign for Judge Lindley R. McClelland is on the north side. 

The Fabric Shop and the Christian Science Reading Room were in a separate building to the north of the Downing Building.

Here's a sketch of the Downing Building in the late 1880s.

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


  1. I remember all these businesses. I used to frequent the fabric Shop quite a bit. My mother and my aunt both worked for Freddie Thomas at the Office Lounge. (Freddie Thomas opened Frederico's Port of Call on West 18th. Later Frederico's became Sandallini's when Sandy Petruso bought it, then later Aunt Mary's, then Players) It's nice to see the building from this angle. Most photos show only the 9th & Peach side where the Den entrance was. Great picture!!!

  2. Judge Lindley R. McClelland was among the greatest legal minds in Erie history. Great picture.