Haglund / Arcade Building (Jamestown)


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26 North Main Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
Also known as 26-32 North Main Street
SBL: 387.48-1-19
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Next to: Murray/Sterns Building and 24 North Main Street


Prideful Property Group LLC per The Post-Journal July 2017
DDM Educational Center per Chautauqua County Property Information
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database

Physical Description

4 story 38,500 sq.ft. Romanesque Revival brick commercial building which curves with the nearby railroad tracks. The interior is a true arcade style

Current Condition

Abandoned but secure. Much of the original interior and exterior detail remains.
The adjacent building 24 North Main Street was originally part of the Arcade, before fire damaged its upper floors and it became its own parcel.


  • 1890 - Listed as build year on county website
  • 1896 - Fire destroyed previous buildings on site
  • 1898 - Actual build year for the Arcade
  • 1927/1928 - Heavily damaged by fire. A pedimented ornament was removed from the roof.
  • 1950s - Another fire, this one costing 2 floors of the southern portion, now known as 24 North Main Street
  • Occupants have included physicians, dry goods dealers, jewelers, private clubs, theaters, offices, a dance studio, and other commercial uses.
    • Cornell and Reins' Home Furnishings
    • Hayes Printing Co.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • December 21, 2005 - Deed indicates a sale between the Arts Council for Chautaqua and Donna Morse for $25,000
  • November 14, 2008 - Deed indicates that DDM Educational Center took over as owner of the building, with sale price listed as $0
  • 2014 - Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • June 21, 2017 - Received some fire damage when the neighboring 24 North Main Street building caught fire. It is not considered to be in structural danger due to the quick work of responding firefighters.
    • 'The Gebbie Foundation, along with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, will continue to move forward with plans to hire an engineering firm to analyze what should be done with the vacant Arcade Building and the former Holmlunds Wallpaper & Paint store. The Foundation wants to determine three potential outcomes for the vacant buildings (demolition, stabilization, restoration). Once the Foundation has the analysis on what to do with the buildings, they’re hoping to receive funding through the Consolidated Funding Application as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council program to pursue the best option for the vacant buildings.' Observer Today
  • July 14, 2017 - "Vince DeJoy, city development director, said Prideful Property Group, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, the Gebbie Foundation and city officials are working together to submit a Consolidated Funding Application with the state Office of Community Renewal for a New York Main Street Downtown Stabilization program grant" to stabilize the building. Post-Journal
  • July 17, 2017 - Jamestown City Council set to vote on a resolution to support the stabilization grant application.
  • April 10, 2018 - The Arcade has been named to Preservation League of New York's "Seven to Save" list.
  • Text of Seven to Save listing: Jamestown, the largest city in Chautauqua County, boasts a National Register-listed downtown commercial historic district and many historic neighborhoods. The Haglund Building, more commonly referred to as the Jamestown Arcade contributes to the Downtown Commercial Historic District and rests on a hill bordered by railroad tracks once used by the Erie Railroad. The Arcade building housed multiple businesses on Main Street, with retail, theaters, clubs, and studios. It was designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and contains many intact interior features, including molding, metalwork, tin ceilings, decorative woodwork, and fixtures.
Jamestown was once known as the furniture capital of the United States but experienced decline as industry left the area. The Arcade Building represents important historic anchor buildings found across New York State. Over the years, a revolving series of owners had plans to stabilize and save the Arcade Building, but tight budgets and infeasible new uses stymied those projects.
The Seven to Save designation for the Haglund/Arcade Building will connect the Preservation League to city officials, preservationists, developers, and local advocates in Jamestown. The building is a perfect candidate for Federal and NYS Historic Tax Credits and partnership with local arts advocates or community groups. The designation will bring increased advocacy to this structure and the City to create a plan for stabilization and rehabilitation.

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Part of the Downtown Jamestown Historic District
  • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Jamestown doesn't have local landmarks).
  • Located on the site of Jamestown’s first grist mill
  • Via the NR Nomination:
'Arcade Building 1898 (Contributing) Four-story brick commercial building situated on the site of Jamestown’s first grist mill. The Arcade Building is named for the commercial spaces that surround its impressive interior atrium. Rounded arches provide the exterior with distinctive Romanesque Revival details. Each bay above the first story is composed of a pair of original one-over-one, double-hung windows, divided by brick pilasters. The building has rough stone sill and lintel courses and rough brick spandrel panels. Fourth story windows have round stone arches, above which sits a deteriorating cast-iron cornice. There is a rounded stone arch (featuring the name “Arcade”) and a balcony with cast-iron railing at the second floor above the central entrance. Heavily damaged by a fire in 1927/1928, a central pedimented ornament was removed from the roof. Storefronts have been altered and parts of the original first story detailing have been covered by storefront renovations. The interior atrium retains its iron balustrades and fluted columns, while other interior spaces retain considerable wood wainscoting, window surrounds, door surrounds and tin ceilings. The building has housed a wide variety of occupants including physicians, dry goods dealers, jewelers, private clubs, theaters, and other commercial uses.'
(courtesy Christina Lincoln)
  • DDM Educational Center has 2 address listed on the property viewer - 312 Park St. Jamestown NY 14701 and 3 N. Erie St. Mayville NY 14757
  • Total delinquent taxes as of Jan 2017: $48,428.56


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