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Iconic Huntington Catering Hall Comes Down

Idle since 2007, Huntington Townhouse makes way for Lowe's.

The landmark Huntington Townhouse catering hall was demolished this week after standing idle since 2007.

A 103,000-square foot Lowe's home-improvement store is expected to open next summer, along with an additional 26,500-square foot garden center.

Lowe's said the store "represents an average investment in the community of approximately $16.5 million and creates about 125 new jobs."

Lowe’s and Racanelli Construction Company, Inc., the general contractor, conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Wednesday at the Jericho Turnpike site. Representatives from Lowe’s, Town of Huntington officials and Racanelli participated.

All week long, men and machines were busy knocking down walls, roofs, doors and other leftovers from the well-known site that hosted many of major celebrations in the lives of Huntington residents. The hall opened in the 1950s; Rhona Silver bought it in 1997 but closed it a decade later and sold the site to Lowe's.

Since then, the building and property had deteriorated as legal issues surrounding the sale and Lowe's building plans were resolved.

The Huntington Station site will be Lowe's 66th in the state.

Photos contributed by Everett Smith,  Tracy and Rob Gorman and others in the Huntington community.

Seth Feiner July 12, 2011 at 10:52 AM
The Town House was a great Catering hall??? Bah...the food was terrible. Every mouthful was poison...besides, such small portions!
Lillian Hubbs July 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM
Natural spring? Well, the Spine center to the left of Town House was a windmill with a counter outside for refreshments in summer, the parking lot next to this was a huge pond (Willow pond) surrounded by a large house and willow trees where we skated in the winter and a smaller restaurant was to the right of the pond. But....Selmers pet store was here then and is still there on the north side of Jericho! Life goes on and Huntington keeps morphing.
Michael Sullivan August 23, 2011 at 05:51 PM
I much preferred the pond, it's where I learned to skate, and they used to build bonfires alongside the ice at night to keep the skaters warm. Funny, there was just as much of a "stink" put up, maybe more, when the pond was filled in, and it was announced that the Townhouse was going to be built. People protested, rumors abounded that it was owned by "the mob" and would bring the mafia and an unsavory criminal element into Huntington. After it was built it was considered by most people to be "gaudy" and a "blight" on the lovely country scenery along the old Jericho Turnpike (anyone remember the dairy cow pastures?). Now folks are calling the same building a "landmark," an "icon." Personally I believe that the windmill was the landmark, the icon. But it would appear that one man's icon is another man's blight.
Brian Page January 09, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Wow Sad Day indeed! Was by there last year the whole place looked like a Jungle! I meet someone from Huntington here in Texas just the other day & I had mentioned this to him' his mom lives down Jerhico,close to here! smh
George August 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
You think the owner of the townhouse and Petrone give a sh-t

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