A Mystery Photo From The Geneva History Center

Do you know the original use of this building? (And can you name some of its past incarnations?)

Here's a current photo of a building on the corner of South First and James streets in Geneva. This building has had many uses.

How many can you name?

Put your answers in the comments section, and the first (and in this case, the most complete) correct answer will win some free Patch swag.

This test of skill and Geneva history knowledge comes courtesy of the .

Rudy April 17, 2011 at 05:21 PM
As a kid all I remember there was E.T. Glass but my memory is sketchy at best.
Jamie Daniel April 17, 2011 at 09:42 PM
When I moved to Geneva in 1956, it was the home of Duke and Lee, for many years on Batavia Avenue. It was another garage after that; E&T Glass occupied it for a long time and I believe there was a hair salon in a portion of the building for a period. In doing some church research, I learned that 23 S First was the site of The Free Methodist Church in the 1860s; it later became the home of the Swedish Methodists until they built the red brick church, Hamilton and Third Streets, which is now the resale shop. Although the pictured building has been remodeled many times, I doubt that it began as that little church.
Lynn Landberg April 18, 2011 at 12:50 AM
When I was a kid in the early ‘50s, Norm Armbrust had a garage there – or just north of there. I remember Norm always wore a welder’s skull cap in the shop, and his son (also Norm?) ran a small hobby shop on the premises, which we kids thought was pretty cool.
Rick Nagel April 18, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Wow, you guys are good! I remember it as E&T Glass—but that's about as good as I could do. Anybody else with a memory to share?
Christine Donovan April 18, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Yup, I agree Rick, Jamie & Lynn both have great memories but of course, they're older & wiser than us! All that I remember that building being was E&T Glass.


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