Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pantorium Cleaners



Not long ago, I posted a photo of the sign atop the Pantorium Cleaners, at Lima and Sierra Madre Boulevard.  At the time, I wasn't sure about the history of the business, or the building, but found a bit of info on the internet (which, you may be surprised to hear, is not always correct!).  I received a comment on the post, and thought I'd include it here, in its entirety. 

"Pantorium Cleaners was started in Lake Geneva, WI (not Chicago) in 1919 by my grandfather, Peter Messe.   My father, Joseph Delgatto took over the cleaners from his father-in-law in 1945.   In 1954, we moved to Sierra Madre, CA.  In 1956 my grandfather built the building where my father opened Pantorium Cleaners. My brother Joe took over the business in 1975 and sold the cleaners in 2011."

 Thank you again to John Delgatto, for providing me with this information.


11 comments:

  1. isn't that neat? i love getting emails or comments from people who know!

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  2. I like that little building that Peter Messe built. Curved corner with glass block and the flat rood overhang. Deco meets mid-century

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    1. As usual, PA, you hit the descriptive nail, right on the head! Deco meets mid-century. That's it!

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  3. That is so cool you found out via fellow blogger and comment!

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  4. Love this shot and it is always neat when people help out. Hope your week is going well!

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  5. Pantorium may be my new favorite word.

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    1. I know!!! I tried to find a word-origin, but could only find it associated with other cleaners. Such a cool word.

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  6. There was a old wooden house on the corner when my grandfather, Peter Messe, purchased it in 1955. He had it torn down and "Griffin and Sons" built the building. Originally there were four stores. The first being the Pantorium Cleaners on the corner, followed by the "Petite Beauty Salon", then a deli which evolved into a diner (names escapes me) and finally the fourth store, "Highlander Liquor" owned by Jim Burke. Later, around the mid 60s, the Pantorium took over the space once occupied by the beauty salon and Highlander took over the space were the diner was. Later "Highlander" left and moved across the street to the old Post Office Building.

    John Delgatto

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