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Haines Shoe House

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1948, Frederick J. Rempp. 195 Shoe House Rd., off PA 462, 1.9 miles southwest of Hallam
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Haines Shoe House (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

The Shoe House is an American roadside landmark from the great age of the automobile after World War II. It was constructed to advertise “the shoe wizard,” Mahlon Haines, and his forty-plus shoe stores in central Pennsylvania. The nearly three-story structure is built of wood frame covered with wire lath and cement to create the shoe form. The shoe motif appears throughout the site from the leaded glass windows, one of which is a portrait of the owner, to the dog house and the surrounding fence. Haines offered it to honeymooning couples who would presumably need lots of little shoes in the near future. At the moment it is an ice-cream shop.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Haines Shoe House", [, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 353-354.

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