JAMESTOWN – The demolition of an iconic Jamestown property is underway.
Wrecking crews are taking down the former Galloway Mansion and current Moose Lodge, 405 E. 5th St.
In recent years, the building needed repair, something that the Moose Lodge was unable to financially support. Last year the structure was obtained by the Chautauqua County Land Bank and sold.
The DYI Network show “Salvage Dawgs” combed through the historic property in April 2019 to salvage vintage pieces. The show’s hosts, Robert Kulp and Mike White, recover everything from doors, windows, mantels and more.
Once items are recovered, the team sells valuable pieces to a wide range of clients, from construction workers to high-end interior designers, who use them to restore other historical buildings and add character to newer structures.
Before the Moose, the mansion was owned by the Galloway family who found fortune as Pennsylvania oil tycoons.
The Galloway daughter, Grace, was a singer that regularly played at the Chautauqua Institution. Grace died of tuberculosis at age 27 in 1898.
Her father commissioned a statue in Grace’s memory at Lakeview Cemetery. A Pittsburgh artist used Grace’s last portrait to model a statue after her.
The mystery surrounding Grace and her statue has persisted for decades.