Peter Pan Drive-Inn
Good Food" was served at 611 Helena Ave. for over 30 years
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A LARGE VIEW IN A NEW WINDOW
Pan Drive-Inn building, sitting derelict in 2008 on private
land near the corner of Boulder Ave. and Blaine St., two miles
east of its original location at 611 Helena Ave.
18, 2009, the rear, older section of the building was moved
to private property on East Sierra Drive in the Helena Valley
(scroll down this page for photos of the move and of the building
at its current location).
in 1940 by William Ferrat (1886-1967), the Peter Pan changed
hands at least twice before closing in the mid-1970s and being
moved to make way for the cutting through of Cruse Avenue
during Helena's Urban Renewal phase. The final occupant of
the building before it was moved from Helena Ave. was likely
the Buckland Insurance Agency, which first occupied the building
addition to the front of the original building was built in
1965. This rather poor image is from online newspaper archives.
the Peter Pan superimposed on a recent satellite image. Cruse Avenue
now cuts through the site.
Derelict Building, 2008
OF KERRY BROWN
opening of the Peter Pan was held Oct. 12, 1940. William Ferrat
sold out in 1943 to W. A. Gelhausen, who sold out in 1963 to
William F. Howard.
from the Peter Pan
Pan Bowling Team Blouse
blouse belonged to Betty Borsberry Foster; photo courtesy
of her son, Patrick Foster.
Independent Record newspaper ad for the grand opening of the
renovated Peter Pan, Dec. 12, 1965. The mansard-roofed addition
was added then, as well as the "Parisian" decor.
remembers the Peter Pan's French-themed decor, and it was actually
Peter Pan Building on the Move ~ September 18, 2009
Photos by Kerry Brown
was driving west on Custer Ave. last Friday morning [Sept.
18 2009] and the traffic was stalled. When we finally started
moving I saw the problem. It was the Peter Pan restaurant
being pulled down the Frontage road (sans the front portion
with windows and doors.) I took a couple of pictures before
it was hauled on to Sierra Road, possibly to its next home.
I could not follow any further as I had an appointment. Old
dogs never die, they just move to new yards."
Kerry, for sharing your serendipitous photos of the Peter
East on Sierra Drive
Peter Pan Building's New Location on Sierra Drive
Photos by Terry Bass ~ November 2009
Pan building is now located on private property in the 1900
block of East Sierra Drive in the Helena Valley. It will converted
into a shop. It's good to know that will be put to use after
all these years. Many thanks to Terry Bass for the fine photos!
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