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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Lincoln Building

One of the leading office buildings in Downtown Johnstown around 1900 was the Lincoln Building on Franklin Street facing Lincoln Street. Later Cambria Savings and Loan occupied the site. 
A shop was on the first floor. The upper floors were occupied by doctors, lawyers, insurance offices and lodge rooms. It was a stone and brick structure, extending from Franklin Street to the alley in the rear. 
Next to it on the right was the First Lutheran Church. Both buildings were destroyed in the most disasterous fire in the history of the city up to that time - March 17, 1918, when the Rose and Suppes buildings - also on Franklin Street were destroyed. The fire jumped across the rear alley and destroyed the old Kline's Store on Main Street. Kline's later built a store in the 300 block of Main. 

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