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

Ecker Drug Store

 

—Corning’s Gaffer District —

 
Ecker Drug Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 12, 2014
1. Ecker Drug Store Marker
Inscription. The third floor of this 1885 building served as a large dance hall where Irene and Vernon Castle, darlings of the Dance Mode in America during 1914–1915, became a weekly feature.

In 1965, the exterior of this building was completely covered over with glass-ceramic panels that typified the modern trend at that time. Fourteen years later, the panels were removed, the building façade cleaned, and the cornice rebuilt.
 
Location. 42° 8.589′ N, 77° 3.159′ W. Marker is in Corning, New York, in Steuben County. Marker is at the intersection of East Market Street and Cedar Street, on the right when traveling west on East Market Street. Click for map. It is on the first building block west of Cedar Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47 E Market St, Corning NY 14830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Galvin and Haines Insurance (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Corning (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Concert Hall Block (about 500 feet away); At This Location an Alliance of Prosperity was Formed
Ecker Drug Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 12, 2014
2. Ecker Drug Store Marker
(about 500 feet away); Market Street Historic District (about 500 feet away); Corning Centennial Sculpture (about 700 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Corning.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Vernon and Irene Castle. “Vernon and Irene Castle were a husband-and-wife team of ballroom dancers of the early 20th century, who appeared on Broadway and in silent films. They are credited with reviving the popularity of modern dancing. ... The couple reached the peak of their popularity in Irving Berlin's first Broadway show, Watch Your Step (1914), in which they refined and popularized the Foxtrot. They also helped to promote ragtime, jazz rhythms and African-American music for dance. Irene became a fashion icon through her appearances on stage and in early movies, and both Castles were in demand as teachers and writers on dance.” (Submitted on January 1, 2015.) 
 
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Ecker Drug Store Building image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 12, 2014
3. Ecker Drug Store Building
Dancers Vernon and Irene Castle image. Click for full size.
By Frances Benjamin Johnston, circa 1910/1918
4. Dancers Vernon and Irene Castle
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos from when the building was covered in faux-modern panels • Can you help?
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