Sunday, September 13, 2015

Empire Theater circa 1910

The Empire Theater was located at 147 High Street between Lyman and Hampden Streets. It was built in the early 1890s by Holyoke businessman L.B. White who was instrumental in developing what is now the Fairfield Avenue historic district.

The building was later purchased by T.F. Murray who represented  T.J. Flannagan who operated a wholesale liquor business in the city. The theater continued operations until 1915 when it was destroyed by fire.

For more info on the history of the Empire visit  (Photo courtesy of the Seminole Bailey Archive)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

So. Holyoke Hair Dressing Business early 1900s

An old cabinet photo of a hair dressing business located somewhere in South Holyoke. The building number above the door reads "314".  Possibly 314 Main Street which is now an empty lot across from Racing Mart. But the odd thing is the reflection in the storefront's window, that building looks very similar to the building on High Street where Wernick Furniture was located. ?????  (Photo:Abrams/Hoffman View Co.)