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Hathaway building still in use today

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This is an 1871 sketch of the Hathaway Block featured in the Heritage Preservation Society's 1986 tour of historic structures. The building was renovated in the 1980s as part of a Main Street project. It looks nearly the same today as it did in 1871.
GREENCASTLE -- In 1871, a father and son legal partnership built a second renaissance revival-style building at 16 S. Jackson St. Hathaway and Hathaway Law Firm occupied the second floor and the rest of the building was leased out.

The elder Hathaway, Russell, was the second mayor of Greencastle in 1850 and at his death in 1881 was the oldest practitioner in the Putnam County Bar.

Both Russell and his son George were active in many community organizations and endeavors.

George Grubb bought the property in 1884 and sold it in 1918 to the Thomas Buggy Company. It was used to house a buggy business for a long span of time.

Public Service Indiana occupied and remodeled the building in later years and it was renovated and returned to its original use as law offices in 1985 by Larry Wilson and Robert Hutchens.

In 1986, the building was one of six featured on a tour of historic structures in Greencastle put on by the Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County.

"The Hathaway building is rectangular with two stories. An exterior staircase to the ground floor was discovered under the sidewalk and reopened during the renovation of the building," said the "Celebrate Our Historic Places" brochure from the tour.

"There were glass beaded manhole covers in the sidewalk used as skylights to the ground floor entrance. The walls are brick covered with stucco on the north and south sides and the front is distressed limestone.

The second floor windows on the main façade are double hung with a round top sash. Each decorative limestone arch window surround has a large keystone. The cornice is pressed metal with both large and small brackets. Inside, the 13-foot-high first floor ceiling is surfaced with the original pressed metal covering," continued the description.

The basement of the building has housed several restaurants. The latest being The Cavern Club, which closed several months ago.

At one time, a restaurant called Hathaway's Cafe was open downstairs, but closed after its owner Paul Dell was indicted and convicted of the murder of Richard Hauff, owner of the Black Angus Restaurant located a few blocks from Hathaway's in 2001.

"This murder was a big deal, because no murder had been committed in Greencastle with a gun since before World War II," said history enthusiast Bob Beck, Greencastle resident and professor at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in a published article.

Hauff was characterized in Chicago newspapers as a man with longtime ties to organized crime. When he was killed in the kitchen of the Black Angus, his background began to leak out and local authorities initially suspected a mob hit. But the owner of Hathaway's Café killed Hauff.

In fact, a Banner Graphic story by reporter David Clucas written in 2002 prior to Dell's trial deals with evidence that was suppressed by Judge LaViolette. It refers partially to an audiotape from an answering machine at Hathaway's.

It is a recording of a Feb. 24 conversation believed to have been between Dell and his wife Jean, who were owners of Hathaway's at the time, just hours before the murder of Hauff.

Dell was convicted of Hauff's murder. The building housing the Black Angus was moved to the south side of Greencastle and operated for a time as the Victorian Day Spa.

The Hathaway building is still located at 16 S. Jackson Street and currently houses the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce and the GC Galleria.

Anyone interested in getting a good look at inside of the Hathaway building can visit the GC Galleria on the first Thursday of every month for an art and wine reception.

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It's too bad that Hathaway's Restaurant is mainly known for the murder that took place there. For many years (before Dell bought it) it was a gathering place for a coffee club, live music, outdoor seating on the patio, and had the best food Greencastle had to offer. Dell only owned it 2 of the 15 years it was open.

-- Posted by townielove on Wed, Feb 10, 2010, at 11:22 AM

It is a shame that the story did not spend much time discussing the original Hathaway's Restaurant; as many young people got their culinary start in this establishment. No disrespect to the Dell family, but Hathaway's, under Tony Harmless was a fantastic gathering place for the Greencastle community.

I also have many fond memories of Sugarmoon, which occupied the basement space for three years. The concept attempted by its local ownership was certainly ahead of its time in the community, not to mention the food and service were great.

I agree with townielove, it is too bad that the space is remembered for a murder, which didn't actually take place in the Hathaway's space. The fact of the matter is, the food and service at the latter Hathaway's Restaurant and the Cavern Club (not locally owned) were not not very good.

-- Posted by sickand tired on Wed, Feb 10, 2010, at 2:07 PM

I was one of the charter employees of Hathaway's when it first opened. I helped build the patio, and then I was the dishwasher for a couple of days. Being young at the time, I got bored once the "fun" work was over, so I left. Still have good memories of the place, though.

-- Posted by PlatyPius on Wed, Feb 10, 2010, at 3:31 PM

There is no mention in the article that the Society of Professional Journalists' offices were located in the Hathaway Building, which is of historical significance.

The family of the victim should be taken into consideration when reporting a story--it might be "sensational" for some to read about the murder--but not as a reminder to the family. It takes up the majority of the article and in no way impacts the historical signifance of the building.

-- Posted by mrp55 on Thu, Feb 11, 2010, at 10:52 AM

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