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#FavoritePAPlaces: Preservation Erie’s Melinda Meyer

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Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities.

Today’s Spotlight: Melissa Meyer

The next entry in PA SHPO’s #FavoritePAPlaces campaign is Melinda Meyer, Board of Director’s President of Preservation Erie, talking about why Jr’s Comedy Club in Erie, Erie County is one of her favorite Pennsylvania places.

Jr’s Comedy Club AKA the Reliable Home Furnishing Company

Although 1402 State (formerly Turnpike) Street in Erie has been the home of Jr’s Comedy Club for some time, the building was originally built for the Reliable Home Furnishing Company.

Advertised as “the Pride of Erie”, the Reliable Home Furnishing Company building was constructed in 1909 and housed the company store and offices. They sold a variety of household goods, including carpets, stoves, curtains and more. Reliable moved from its State Street home in the late 1950s/early 1960s and the building then operated as Masiroff & Company and later Furnitureland.

Junior’s Last Laugh Comedy Club – predecessor of Jr’s Comedy Club – renovated the building around 2000 and moved into the lower floors.

Share your #FavoritePAPlace

What older and historic places in your community are you looking forward to connecting with again?  Share your answer with us in the comments or email us at mail@pahistoricpreservation.com

Use the hashtags #FavoritePAPlace and/or #PreservationHappensHere and your entry just might be featured, too!

Author: Shelby Weaver Splain

Shelby Weaver Splain is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. Shelby is a native of Bucks County and holds a Masters degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.

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