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Salisbury Building / Hamburg Grange
22 Main Street, Hamburg New York

Research by John R. Edson

Salisbury Building / Hamburg Grange - 2002 Photographs

Historic plaque in front of the building

The Hamburg Grange Building was built in 1892 by John H. Salisbury (1856-1935), a dealer of farm implements, Postmaster, Fire Chief, and leader of the Peoplesā Bank and the Erie County Agricultural Society. 

William H. Froehley's furniture and undertaking business occupied the first two floors and the Pamona Chapter of the Hamburg Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry No. 1293 met on the third floor in an attractive theater setting from 1913 until 1974.

This building has an elaborate pressed metal façade with many decorative features including a frieze with a fleur-de-lis motif, Corinthian pilasters and a cornice supported by Italianate brackets.

History of 22 Main Street

Originally called the Salisbury Building, the Hamburg Grange building at 22 Main Street was home to the William L. Froehley furniture and undertaking business on the first two floors and the Hamburg Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry on the third floor.

The National Grange was organized in 1867 to assist farmers whose livelihoods were devastated by the Civil War.

Hamburg Grange No. 1293 was organized in 1913. They met in this building until 1974.

- Text source: "Images of America: Hamburg," by John R. Edson. Pub. by Arcadia Publishing in 2000.

Description of the building on July 24, 2008

This is a frame building with a decorative pressed metal façade.  Known historically for the Pamona Grange meeting rooms on the third floor and the Froehley Furniture and Undertaking business. The building has also been known as the Salisbury Building.

The third floor features the following:

  • Small office rooms, now two rest rooms
  • An attractive stage with two raised stage doors, a working curtain and stage lighting from above and below. 
  • A large meeting room that could seat about 150 people. The meeting room has a high ceiling with parallel curved top corners.  This ceiling drops about five feet to another level perpendicular do the stage that is supported by a row of square wooden columns on each side.  The seating area under the raised ceiling is sunken about six inches below the surrounding floor.  It is a magnificent meeting space in the central business district of the village of Hamburg.

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