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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Old YMCA Building

This is the YMCA as it looked around the turn of the century. The building was then on Main Street, located where Grants was on Main Street. The Y's history in Johnstown goes back 150 years.
Records indicate the first YMCA here was established in the 1860's, but ceased to exist October 17, 1875 (I don't the reason why). 
The old YMCA that used to be at the corner of Market and Vine Streets is a direct outgrowth of the reorganization of the YMCA in the spring of 1885. In June of that year, a room was rented in Alma Hall. Rooms were also rented in the old B & O buildings in January 1886. 
The four story building in the above picture was first used March 20, 1893. Among the various rooms, it contained an auditorium with seating for 490, a banquet hall on the third floor and storerooms on the first floor. Liggett's Drug Store occupied part of the building until the 1930's.

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