Haines Building on North George Street
Sandy Landis remembered her parents telling her that their family rented the Haines Shoe House for a week when she was three years old; which would have been 1955-1956. She asked if I could locate proof that the Shoe House was rented, because her friends keep insisting Mahlon Haines only gave away stays in his creation; never renting it.
This FOR RENT ad is from the October 7, 1955, issue of The Gazette & Daily. Quoting the ad: “The beautiful Haines Shoe House, at Haines Plains, overlooking the Lincoln Highway, with four beautiful views each way. Fine furnishings, lovely grounds, magnificent home for rent. See Mr. Roy Gilbert, Haines Shoe Co., 231 North George Street.” Sandy now has her proof that the Shoe House was rented. This ad is similar to the ad renting out the Love Nest in Hellam. If you are reading this on the Ydr.com site, click on this LINK for a Full View of the illustrations in this post on the original YorkBlog site; since the ydr.com site will occasionally cut off important details in the cropping of illustrations.
As is often the case, one search often leads directly to a related search; this time further research into the Haines Building at 231 North George Street. The August 5, 1914, issue of The York Daily provided the details in an article entitled, “HAINES TO BUILD BUSINESS HOUSE, Shoe Merchant Awards Contract for an Imposing Structure.” Quoting a few lines from that article:
Mahlon H. Haines, “shoe wizard,” of this and other cities, yesterday, awarded the contract for the erection of a three-story brick business building at 231 North George Street, two doors below [i.e. north of] the Elks’ home. The new structure will be erected by George W. Gilbert, who was awarded the contract in face of keen competition with other bidders. The new structure will be built of York-made pressed brick with Indiana limestone trimmings. The plans and specifications for the building were prepared by Architect J. A. Dempwolf. Mr. Haines has 14 shoe stores located in various cities throughout the country.
After the building opened in 1915, Mahlon Haines utilized the following drawing of the Haines Building in various promotional pieces. The following drawing appeared in the September 18, 1916, issue of The York Daily.
This building served as the headquarters of The Haines Shoe Company and the first floor contained one of the several Haines Shoe retail stores in York. This Dempwolf building no longer stands; it was torn down years ago, to create several off-street parking spaces.
Links to related posts include:
- Mahlon Haines’ Hotel endures on North George Street
- Mahlon Haines built Haines Building at 101 E. Market St.
- 20 York Businesses that Built the Haines Shoe House
- Two British Films of the Hellam Love Nest
- Lincoln Highway Centennial Auto Tour at Haines Shoe House
- The Shoe House is OPEN
- The Shoe Wizard celebrates 33 Years as a Yorker
- Stewartstown Mystery involved a Dempwolf Mansion in York
- The Kurtz Mansion at 109 West Market Street