Meet Me Under The Clock
The Boston Store
The Erie Boston Store is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was added in 1996 as building #96001194, having 12 acres. Its architect, builder, or engineer is listed as Shutts & Morrison, Meyers & Krider. Its period of significance is listed twice: 1925-1949 and 1950-1974.
It was a popular meeting place, and many Erie-ites still remember using the phrase, "I’ll meet you under the clock."
The Boston Store was the first store in Erie to install an emergency sprinkler system as an original feature to the building.
The Tower Dining Room was fine dining on the 6th floor.
There was a cafeteria in the Bargain Basement.
6 – Tower Dining Room
5 – Toyland, later business offices
4 – appliances
3 – kitchen supplies and furniture
2 – women's and children's clothing
1 – books, men's clothing, perfumes, wallets, shoes
In the 1930's, the Boston Store placed black and white signs every few miles on fifteen major roads leading to Erie. People heading here would see them and have to check out what the heck this Boston Store was.
They were first made of cypress, then redwood, and finally aluminum.
In 1971, the Boston Store was required to remove all the signs as the result of the "Highway Beautification Act," which prohibited their placement near the roads. But people wanted to remove the signs themselves and keep them as souvenirs, and the store was overjoyed.
Many former Erie residents requested a mile marker that read the distance from their home. The Boston Store was happy to oblige. Perhaps the farthest was in St. Paul, MN which read "932 Miles to The Boston Store".
1979: The Boston Store officially closed.
1995: Landmark America company from Portland, Maine would turn The Boston Store building into an apartment-retail complex
1996: Construction began on 125 apartments on the upper 5 floors and shops on the 1st floor
1998: The building was officially re-opened on May 19, 1998
Though initially thought to be rented out as luxury apartments, they were rented out to low-income tenants. There has been vandalism; two of the original porcelain drinking fountains have been destroyed
The first floor is now closed off to the public. Only tenants and employees have access to the building.