Bong's Jewelers

(1892), 31 E. Market Street

Architectural Style: Ruskinian Venetian

Look up! Do you see the terra cotta griffin's head sculpture on this building facade? The griffin is a symbol of good luck for merchants. Bong's is the only fourth-generation store on Market Street. Established in 1892, Bong's has always sold the same type of merchandise - jewelry - at the same location. The storefront is made of Carrara Glass, also known as Vitrolite, a glass material that was commonly used in Art Deco styles in the 1920s. Designers quickly found pigmented structural glass to be an increasingly popular modernizing material for older and "out-of-date" buildings. As a result, storefronts became a favorite subject for "modernization" through Roosevelt's New Deal program.