Building 19

By - 11/12/17 - 10:51 pm

Building #19 (1993)

Henry Santoro reports that Gerald "Jerry Ellis" Elovitz, the co-founder of the Building 19 chain, is dead at 90.

Building 19 Facebook page - Has images from the famous circulars and other good stuff, free.
Some more images from Building 19 circulars.

By - 11/4/13 - 6:40 pm
Building 19

Sunday in Norwood.

One of Building 19's largest unsecured creditors is the town of Norwood, owed $306,651 in back taxes, according to a listing filed by the company in US Bankruptcy Court in Boston on Friday.

The company, which blames competition from the Internet, actually owes New Bedford even more - some $353,000.

By - 11/2/13 - 8:20 pm

Building 19 Theatre commercial

First Anthony's Pier 4, then the Hilltop, now Building 19. Chapter 11 Cases reports the iconic chain for cheap New Englanders has filed for Chapter 11 - and plans to liquidate, rather than just reorganize:

By - 1/9/13 - 9:01 pm

If you saw one of those Building 19 circulars advertising the sale of some salvaged Swarovski crystal, would you assume Swarovski was going downmarket?

A federal appeals court ruled today that the maker of expensive crystal is going to have to do a better job proving such an ad would confuse consumers if it wants to win a lawsuit seeking to bar Building 19 from mentioning its name at all as it tries to unload $500,000 worth of Swarovski goods salvaged from a warehouse hit by a tornado.

By - 10/25/09 - 6:05 pm

Notice anything a little odd about their price for 3x5 rugs?


Shane Curcuru snapped this shot at the Burlington store.

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By - 12/11/07 - 8:23 pm

Some Assembly Required explains why, for him, Building 19 is a sensation best savored only on rare occasions.

By - 2/22/06 - 11:52 am

Jerry Ellis himself is apologizing for advertising wife beaters.

Daniel in Brookline, though, doesn't understand what all the fuss is about, since the undershirts are often called wife beaters:

... Sheesh. Get a life, people.