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1.  Good examples of mid-century bowling alleys that have been reused

Posted 06-05-2017 15:56

We're looking for a needle in a haystack example, of any mid-century bowling alleys that might have been re-purposed (in a preservation way) with a housing component (either as reuse and/or surrounding new construction).

Any and all examples are helpful. Thanks!



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Adrian Scott Fine
Director of Advocacy
Los Angeles Conservancy
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2.  RE: Good examples of mid-century bowling alleys that have been reused

Posted 06-06-2017 09:00
Greetings Adrian:  I grew up in Flourtown on the northern outskirts of Philadelphia, just beyond Chestnut Hill.  The bowling alley of my earliest memory, at Bethlehem Pike and Haws Lane, which was long and narrow, perhaps with 6 lanes at most, was converted into an automatic car wash in the late 1950s.  I was never in it as a bowling alley (too young), but I suspect it was pre-war and perhaps not entirely automated.  I was intrigued when it became a car wash, and I believe it still functions as such!  I might also mention that the "new" bowling alley, built circa 1958 in the Flourtown Shopping Center, a mile or so farther out, was very modern and had 32 or 36 lanes.  I went there often as an older kid.  My aunt was in a weekly bowling league there.  It was demoilished about 10 or 20 years ago to be replaced by a chain retail business of some sort.  I don't get to that area too often anymore, so I am not certain about current status.

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David Morrison
Mr.
Harrisburg PA
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3.  RE: Good examples of mid-century bowling alleys that have been reused

Posted 06-07-2017 08:10
Adrian:  Glad to see your name pop-up on this forum.  This is a twist on what you're looking for and a very interesting reuse of a building.  Atlas Bowling in Trumansburg, NY, just outside of Ithaca, was a 1960s supermarket that was converted into a multi-lane bowling alley and restaurant.  The bowling alley was relocated from another historic building.  The project sounds a little strange but they did a very nice job.  To top it off, the food is also excellent.

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Matt Schultz
Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation
Lansdowne PA

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4.  RE: Good examples of mid-century bowling alleys that have been reused

Posted 06-07-2017 18:00

Adrian,

Here is an 1976 bowling alley example about 50 miles south of San Francisco that was recently rehabbed. It stayed the bowling alley, though. However this 1947 rather small example (6K sf)  in the Dimond District of Oakland is now a single family home (sold in 2015). From the early 1980s through the above mentioned  sale it a print shop was set up in it. 

 Cheers,

 Melita



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Melita Jureša-McDonald
Information & Content Specialist
National Trust for Historic Preservation
San Francisco, CA

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