Haines Shoe House

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There was an old man who constructed a shoe—he had so much money, he didn’t know what to do! Okay, perhaps he did know what to do; after all, shoes were his business, and business was good. Mahlon Haines, known both as the "Shoe Wizard" as well as an eccentric philanthropist, constructed the Shoe House in 1947 as a way to promote his business. Of course, the building was actually livable, and he was known to lend it free of charge to honeymooners. Legend also has it that he hired an architect, handed him a shoe, and said, "Build this." His "roadside architecture" monument stands today along Route 30, delighting passerbys.

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