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The Mezzanine: 1951

The Mezzanine: 1951

February 16, 1951. "Hahne & Co. department store in Montclair, New Jersey. Staircase II. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." 4x5 acetate negative. View full size.

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Compare the openness of this space to any contemporary department (or other) "big box" store. Progress isn't all it's supposed to be.

Well, it didn't burn

Wikipedia says this about Hahne's store in Montclair:

In 2007, the architecturally significant 1951 Montclair store was replaced by a new development housing condominiums known as Siena At Montclair.

Can't help staring at those stairs!

Oh my, what a delightfully sweeping vista, so grandly moe-durn and Guggenheimesque!
Torn down and redeveloped into condos so this stylish temple of commerce from the days when retail shopping was a thing is no longer with us. Its banisters shall never be misappropriated again by pre-pubescent youth trying to catch a thrill ride! The site of its once proud portal is now...a Starbucks, of course!

Cost of Doing Business

Judging by what's overhead, Hahne's overhead must have been significant.

Repurposed and Reopened

Very beautiful building. Glad it wasn't demolished like so many.

Historic Hahne’s Department Store building reopens in downtown Newark, N.J.

[That's in Newark. Our photo is of the Hahne's in Montclair. - Dave]

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