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Corning in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Galvin and Haines Insurance

William’s Block

 

—Corning’s Gaffer District —

 
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By J. J. Prats, October 12, 2014
1. Galvin and Haines Insurance Marker
Inscription. This building, which houses Galvin and Haines Insurance Company, is extraordinarily elaborate in its fine terra cotta detailing—most notably the famous “Owl of Market Street,” perched on top of the pedimented cornice.

Known as the William’s Block, the building was constructed in 1887 and was designed by H. G. Tuthill and Sons of Corning. The building featured an elegant and spacious hall on the third floor, which was the site of many community functions.

In keeping with the revitalization effort along Market Street, Galvin and Haines renovated their storefront in 1977.
 
Location. 42° 8.595′ N, 77° 3.199′ W. Marker is in Corning, New York, in Steuben County. Marker is on East Market Street just west of Cedar Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. It is mid-block, at the crosswalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27 E Market St, Corning NY 14830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
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By J. J. Prats, October 12, 2014
2. Galvin and Haines Insurance and Marker
distance of this marker. Ecker Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Concert Hall Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Corning (about 300 feet away); Market Street Historic District (about 300 feet away); Erie Avenue (about 400 feet away); At This Location an Alliance of Prosperity was Formed (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away); Corning Centennial Sculpture (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Corning.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
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By J. J. Prats, October 12, 2014
3. Williams Block
The Owl of Market Street is perched on the pediment on the left. In the narrow center section, above the third story window, “Willams Block.” and above the second story window, “1887.”
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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