Monday, September 2, 2013

Eichenlaub House on West 26th St

Valentine D. Eichenlaub lived in a 5,658 square foot brick house at 10 West 26th Street in Erie, PA. The house still stands on the north side of 26th St. and thousands of cars pass it each day as they travel from State to Peach St. It was a single family home when it was built in 1887 and it's now a four-family apartment house with a couple of satellite dishes bolted to the roof of the porch. It still had a sidewalk made of bricks in 2013. The Eichenlaub family would have had a bird's eye view of the destructive Mill Creek Flood in 1915.

V.D. Eichenlaub was a businessman who was active in local community affairs. He served on Erie City Council in 1881 and had previously served as county assessor, city assessor and collector of delinquent taxes. He was born in Erie in 1852, the son of German immigrants. 

Mr. Eichenlaub was a sewer and paving contractor who helped build a conduit system for underground utility wires in downtown Erie. He built the Eichenlaub block on the southeast corner of 18th and State in 1894, and he built the Hotel Wayne near 12th and State St. in 1906. Valentine died in 1929 and was buried in Trinity Cemetery in Millcreek Township.

Enjoy more historical facts and photos of Erie, Pennsylvania at: Old Time Erie


  1. Another informative post. This rental is thankfully well maintained. I took photos of the Bush visit at Vet's Stadium from the porch!

  2. Is this the same home that the Braendel family renovated ?


  3. This is not the house on the northwest corner of 26th and State, if that's what you mean. The Eichenlaub house is one lot west of the corner lot. There are quite a few buildings on Peach and State in this area that are more than 100 years old. Very interesting neighborhood.