Zigay's Furcrafters, Rogal Furrier, Etc.
130 E. Sixth Ave.

Arthur Zigay had many years of experience as a furrier before opening his own salon at 130 E. Sixth Avenue in 1946. Just days after opening, his store was broken into and robbed...







Construction of Zigay Fur Vault, May 1947


COURTESY OF KATHRYN FEHLIG • CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR A BIG VIEW IN A NEW WINDOW

Helena Sand & Gravel provided the concrete for the building. Contractor Leo H. Sigety (1915-1985) is seen operating the crane.

Judging from the available online newspaper archives, Zigay Furs was out of business by 1949. It is unclear why they went out of business, or what happened to the Zigays.

In 1954, the location was opened as a fur salon by Henry Rogal (1896-1978)...


Rogal suffered a serious illness in 1958, and closed the salon in early 1959.

By 1962, the building was occupied by the Commercial Sign Shop, owned by William Freyler. By 1975, it was Paul's Key Shop, operated by Paul Knapstead. Knapstead's shop was burglarized numerous times, but he stayed in business until at least 1980.

The building is now gone, but I have yet to discover when it was demolished. Here's a recent Google Street View of 130 East Sixth...