Previous Town House Restaurant
Located at 108 North Franklin Street and a grand building,
the previous Town House Restaurant was built in 1891. First known as a major tourist hotel and continued to fit this description
into present day. The Italian and Romanesque architectural style makes the building stand out the rest.
Former Scuteri Building (Presently Jerlando’s)
Located on the corner of Franklin and 4th Street, this impressive building was built around 1860. This building
first served as the Freer’s Opera House, until 1890. This large structure is unique in the commercial area of Watkins
Glen because of the rusticated stone walls with varying size blocks.
Shoemaker Office Building
Located on the corner of Franklin and West 4th Street, this building was constructed around 1860 as well. This structure
was first known as the “Odd Fellows” building, as seen by the lettering on the side of the building facing Franklin Street. At times in its history the building also served
as an ice cream parlor and various commercial sites. This building can be noted for it’s commercial Italian style architecture.
Former VanSlykes Shoe Store
Located at 211 North Franklin Street and formerly
known as a grand hotel in the early 1900’s. Often nick-named the Brewer Block or Star Building, this structure is unique for
it’s cast concrete cladding. The only one existing in Watkins, the building stands out with the concrete sheets that
frame the raised star patterns.
Former Salt Derrick
Located on North Franklin Street among other
historical buildings, this structure was built by the well-known Watkins Salt Company, around 1890. First operating in 1989,
it is known to be the first derrick constructed by Watkins Salt Company and the last remaining salt derrick in New York State. The
original drilling equipment can still be found inside today.
Located at 124 East 4th Street and
built around 1830. The story behind the building is interesting. A lawyer, Freer, came to Watkins Glen to defend the will
of Dr. Samuel Watkins (founder of the village). Freer ending up falling in love and marrying Dr. Watkins’s window, Cynthia
Cass, who died a year later, leaving him the wealthiest person in Watkins Glen in 1853.