House Shaped Like Giant Shoe Is for Sale
HELLAM, Pa. (AP) _ House hunters and footwear fanatics, take note: A three-bedroom, two bath house that happens to be shaped like a giant shoe is up for sale.
The Haines Shoe House, a York County landmark near Route 30 in Hellam Township, was put on the market three weeks ago.
Ruth and Charles Miller are asking $129,000 for their well-heeled house.
``If it wouldn’t be for my age I wouldn’t even think of putting it on the market,″ said Ruth Miller, 77. ``I’d like to find a young couple to come and give it a try.″
The Shoe House was built in 1948 by central Pennsylvania shoe magnate Mahlon Haines, who used it to promote his 40-plus stores by giving away honeymoon weekends at the house. The company folded shortly after his death in 1962.
A local dentist bought the Shoe House and turned it into an ice cream parlor. He died in the mid-1980s and the house fell into disrepair.
Haines’ granddaughter bought it in 1987 and renovated it, and Ruth Miller bought it in 1995.
``She came home and said, ’I bought a shoe,‴ Charles Miller recalled.