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Preservation Erie lists Erie County’s 9 ‘Most Endangered Properties’

Nine Erie-location properties, which includes some local landmarks, are in threat of falling down or getting torn down, according to a volunteer organization hoping to save them.

The structures are on Preservation Erie’s 2021 list of Erie County’s Most Endangered Homes.

The properties include the former Greyhound bus terminal on Perry Square, which was among eight North Park Row buildings ordered by Erie Downtown Improvement Corp. for $2.95 million in 2019. EDDC programs to get rid of the terminal and build a five-story arcade for stores and dining establishments as element of a multi-million-greenback strategy to renovate North Park Row attributes into a culinary arts and household complicated.

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Preservation and revitalization

The former Greyhound Bus Terminal building on North Park Row in Erie is on Preservation Erie's 2021 list of Erie County's Most Endangered Properties.

The proposed North Park Row complex would revitalize the downtown, support a lot more than 20 enterprises and deliver additional than 240 work opportunities, EDDC CEO John Persinger claimed in saying the system in 2019.

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The terminal is not original to North Park Row but need to be preserved as the region’s only case in point of Art Moderne architecture and as one of a variety of Greyhound services created by transportation architect W. A. Arrasmith, in accordance to Preservation Erie. The curved side and windows of the developing had been supposed to evoke pace and sleekness.

Built in 1939 on the internet site of an opera house destroyed by hearth, the setting up at this time houses a club and bar.

Other houses on the Endangered Qualities checklist, which include previous Erie and Fairview schools, are vacant.

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The former Continental Rubber Works building was built in the late 1800s and was home of a rubber factory beginning in 1903. The now-vacant building is owned by Leon Commercial Leasing, which has asked city for approval to build a warehouse on the property.

All ought to have to be preserved for their architecture, historic worth or each, claimed Preservation Erie President Melinda Meyer.

The Most Endangered Qualities list is meant to make the public conscious of the problems experiencing the qualities and make suggestions and action to maintain and reuse them, Meyer reported.

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“Our hope is to make the neighborhood knowledgeable that these essential buildings are in hazard of demolition or that their affliction is deteriorating for the reason that they haven’t been cared for in a incredibly extensive time,” Meyer reported. “A new use demands to be identified for these structures, and our hope is that building the neighborhood aware of them will result in alternatives or reuse choices.”

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The former East Erie Turners building on Parade Street in Erie once had 5,000 members but has been closed for about seven years.

The Most Endangered Homes listing

Here is Preservation Erie’s complete 2021 listing of homes that the organization claims should be reimagined and reused:

  • Greyhound bus terminal, North Park Row, Erie.
  • Continental Rubber Performs developing, West 20th and Liberty streets, Erie. Developed in the late 1800s and house of the rubber is effective beginning in 1903, the vacant constructing is owned by Leon Commercial Leasing, which has asked metropolis for acceptance to develop a warehouse on the residence.
  • Private property, 59 W. Main St., North East. Involved in the 2014 countywide inventory of architecturally sizeable homes at minimum 75 several years old, the home was acquired by the Erie County Land Financial institution in Could.
  • Burton University, 1661 Buffalo Highway, Erie. The college dates to 1894 and was closed in 2012 by the Erie School District, which is providing it for sale. 
  • Irving University, 2310 Plum St., Erie. Also shut in 2012 and for sale by the Erie School District, the university was developed about 1897.
  • Manchester Highway/Swanille Faculty, Route 20 and Manchester Road, Fairview. The just one-room brick schoolhouse was constructed in 1900 and has been vacant for some yrs.
  • Joshua C. Thornton dwelling, West Lake Highway, Fairview. The Italianate/Italian Villa-type property was developed in 1870 and is owned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which not long ago submitted a demolition approach to the Pennsylvania Condition Historic Preservation Office for assessment.
  • Limited Avenue row properties, 214, 216, 216½ Small St., Erie. The homes ended up designed in the “New Jerusalem” neighborhood for previous slaves and totally free Blacks in 1832-35. 1 of the attributes has been demolished. Two are owned by development firms.
  • East Erie Turners, 829 Parade St., Erie. Designed in 1890, the club when had 5,000 members but has been shut for about 7 many years.
The former Irving School building in Erie.

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Preservation Erie was established in 2007 to promote, preserve and improve the character of larger Erie by way of local community-based mostly scheduling, design and preservation.

Contact Valerie Myers at [email protected]. Adhere to her on Twitter @ETNmyers.