Through this exhibition learn the stories of the architects, commercial builders, businesses occupying downtown Glens Falls buildings, and the people who lived in the houses along city streets and town roads. You discover, through historic photographs and audio recordings the human stories behind many key buildings in the area, including landmarks that have not survived. Buildings lost in the fire of 1864, which burned the entire center of the village, have been replaced by multi-story brick buildings, many which still stand and give the city its distinctive character. Photos of historic buildings no longer standing include the Wing House and the First Presbyterian Church; both were on Warren Street. Also featured are the Opera House, Rockwell House on Fountain Square, and the Glens Falls Insurance Company. Among the buildings which still stand are Ordway Hall, the B B Fowler building, Hotel Ruliff, Church of the Messiah, and Hall's Ice Cream on Maple Street. In the exhibit one also meets a wide variety of people ~ hotelier George Brown of the Halfway House, teacher Susan Lockhart, builder Hiram Krum, and Addison and May Colvin - to name but a few.
The Chapman Museum in downtown Glens Falls features the restored Victorian home of the DeLong family, the 19th century Adirondack photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard, and the history of the Glens Falls area,as well as a research archive and a gift shop. The museum is closed Monday and major holidays.