Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pierce Block

Pierce-Barrows Block
(known simply as the Pierce Block)

This building will last well past fifty years because it is huge, occupied, ornate, stylish, and appeals to the people in the area. I wish I could open a book store here (this has been done, unsuccessfully, before). The building was built in 1885. Today it houses the Barton Pharmacy, an antique store owned by my friend Catherine, and a real estate business in the basement. It began its life as a drug store, so life has come full circle for this building. It as also once a huge general store, and has housed a dentist, a millinery, barber, The Orleans County Monitor (a newspaper no longer published) offices, a telephone office, and a “job-fitter.” Today the original soda fountain is busy every day and the Step Back Café, in the pharmacy, is doing a great business. A real estate company is open in the basement. The Nelson Block is on the left of this building. Route 5 is on the right. When clicked, this photo will open, full size, in a new window.

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  1. Great building. I think a book store would be perfect there. I would buy a book. MB

  2. A very great building!

  3. Sure is a nice building, bet they get lots of people through there.

    You will like my new post.

  4. This is a great building and one that hopefully will go on for many more years.
    I area looks nice a sounds friendly.


  5. I really like this building. It's the gabled windows that do it -- and the arched windows at the front and balcony. Colors are good too.

  6. Perfect place for a book store! I could envision spending hours there.

  7. I'd love to know more about the Barton Phramacy and your friend Catherine.

    Love the snow in the shot - we're having a 100+ (unseasonal) hot spell at the moment!

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