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South Side Market House Celebrates 100 Years

Liz Reid
90.5 WESA

Produce and fresh cuts of meat are no longer sold at the South Side Market House, but you can still stop by to get something to eat most days, if you’re over 60.

Once an actual market, the historic building now houses a senior center with art and fitness classes, internet access and a free lunch five days a week.

South Side Market House celebrated 100 years on Saturday, with musical performances, bingo, and the unveiling of a time capsule buried in the cornerstone of the building.

Director Sarah Johnston said the building was originally constructed in 1893 but was damaged by multiple fires. It was rebuilt in 1915 and was converted to a community center in 1940. In the 1970s, the first floor became the senior center.

Currently only open until 4 p.m., Johnston said they have plans to extend their house until 7 p.m. on weekdays.

“That way people could utilize the space if they’re still working or babysitting or doing other things,” Johnston said. “That will be exercise classes, art classes and use of the gymnasium, elliptical and treadmill.”

The Market House is located on Bedford Square, near the intersection of East Carson Street and 12th Street.