Wing And Bostwick Store

Hi everyone, here is a neat local history item of note!

I had a patron inquire today, where the old Wing and Bostwick Store was located.

So I went to my trusty Dimitroff-Janes book,* and looked up info on the store!

The author’s state: “Wing and Bostwick on the Northside was one of the largest retail stores in the city, selling a variety of goods.”

So the store was a big deal in its day!

The store was housed in a fine old three story building on the corner of Bridge and Pulteney Streets, across from what is today the Bridge Street Laundry Store.


Here is the photo:

What a great old building!

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


*History of the Corning Painted Post Area by Thomas Dimitroff & Lois Janes, Revised 1991 Edition. Published by Bookmarks.

2 thoughts on “Wing And Bostwick Store

    • In doing a bit more research, I gather the store was open in more than one location.

      The Donald Carapella book, Corning shows another picture of the store and it is obviously a different building.

      The text states that the store was located “on the corner of Wall and Pulteney” streets, which I find interesting because Wall Street is on the Southside and there isn’t a bridge the crosses the river at the end of that street.

      I also found some information from the 1904 Fireproof magazine that shows that part of the previous location of Wing Bostwick store suffered structural collapse in December of 1903 – here is a link to the info:

      As far as what year the Wing Bostwick Store opened, I’m running out of day to research that subject!

      We have city directories going back to 1873, however, we don’t have a complete set.

      And the earliest city directory I find a mention of the Wing Bostwick Store and Elias Bostwick, who was vice-president and secretary, is in the 1905 directory. If time permits this week – I’ll do some more research and see if I can’t track down the date the store originally opened in Corning and get back to you.

      Have a great day,
      Linda Reimer, SSCL


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