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April 26, 2014

Oneonta businesses saw expansion in 1914

The appearance of downtown Oneonta was changing during the spring of 1914 in the form of new buildings, expansion of an established business and a move to a new location, all as part of the “business beat” of yesteryear.

After 26 years of being on the second floor at 129 Main St., the Oneonta Building and Loan Association made the move of its books, furniture “and all other office paraphernalia” to new and more commodious quarters on Chestnut Street during the closing days of February. The Association’s first day of business at the new location was on Monday, March 2, according to the Oneonta Star.

“The suite of three offices are all on the south side of the building, facing the Windsor hotel.” The Association was where the parking lot is across from today’s NBT Bank, where the Windsor stood until the late 1950s.

“The first room will be the public office, immediately back of which will be Secretary Bolton’s library and private office, and at the rear of that is the private consultation room.” The Association opened here the same year Wall Street was opened to traffic, to Dietz Street.

The timing of the opening of Wall Street also came with the expansion of The Oneonta Department Store, Bresee’s. The Star reported on Friday, April 10, that the store was building an addition to the present building, in the rear. “The new structure will consist of two floors, each of which will be 150 feet deep and this joined to the present floor space of 8,500 square feet will make a total area of 34,000 square feet or just four times the previous space, and this does not include the basement.

“Yesterday the old Bundy Mansion was sold to Anderson and Close and it will be torn down immediately. This insures the fact that the new addition will be soon underway. The front elevation of the new structure is now on exhibition in the jewelry department window with its description and measurements underneath.”

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