Crew from Falcon Graphics removes Harvey's Hardware sign/ Credit: Needham Observer

Needham center lost a bit of its history on Monday when the iconic Harvey’s Hardware signs were taken down from the building that housed the landmark hardware store for nearly 60 years. 

Founded by Harvey Katz in 1953, the business moved to the corner of Great Plain Avenue and Chestnut Street in the 1960s. It operated there until February 2022, when it closed following an electrical fire.

Harvey’s sons, Gary and Jeffrey, each will keep one of the three signs. “The smaller one, I’m going to bring down the Cape and put it over my garage,” said Jeff. Gary said his will go to his daughter’s home in Dover, where there will be room to mount it. The third sign will remain in Needham — the brothers have donated it to the Needham History Center & Museum.

This was only the second set of signs that hung outside Harvey’s, installed when the originals needed replacing. The removal was done by Falcon Graphics of Arlington, the firm that is designing the signs for the next occupant of the corner, Union Pharmacy. The firm’s owner, Mehmet Sahin, said he and his crew will be back next month to do that sign installation.

Harvey’s imprint on Needham’s town center will endure through a new piece of hardware. The family embedded a bronze plaque high up on the Great Plain Avenue side of the building that reads “Harvey’s Corner, Home of Harvey’s Hardware, ‘Everything in Hardware’ 1953-2023.”

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