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Turner BlockThe Turner Block was built in 1877 by English-born merchant, Thomas Turner, who gave his name to Turner Street.
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Turner Block/Windham Hotel The Windham Hotel was part of the Turner Block. The block had many owners over the years and by the time of the 1968 St. Valentine's Day fire, had become an apartment house.
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Turner Block following the St. Valentine's Day fire.The block survived the 1968 St. Valentine's Day fire, but was demolished in the early 1970s to make way for the Liberty Bank building
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The Commercial Block and the Turner BuildingThe Commercial Block (661-677 Main St.) and the Turner Building (679-685 Main St.) were destroyed in the Saint Valentine’s Day fire of 1968. At the time the photo was taken, the buildings were occupied by the Grand Union Tea Company, Towne Photographers, Bowman’s Tailor Shop, Yonclas Confectionary, Danahey’s Barber Shop, Dondero’s Pool Room, Hunt’s Clothing Store and Giles Hardware. Pic of the Week for October 17, 2013.
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715 Main St. Once known as "The Atwood Block".At the time of the photo, it was home to Young’s Lunch as well as a shoemaker, a grocer and several small businesses. Pic of the Week October 24, 2013
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The Tanner BlockNortheast corner of Main and North Streets
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Jordan BlockThis is the Jordan Block. It was completely rebuilt after the devastating fire of 1916.
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Savings InstituteThe Willimantic Savings Institute was the city's first brick block, built in 1869. It was also the first home of the Willimantic Normal School in 1892 -- the teacher training school that has evolved into Eastern Connecticut State University
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Kimbel BlockThe Kimbel block was built in 1879, and has been a significant business and retail building in town. This view is also from Rich's 1894 collection of local urban views.
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The Mazzola Block and the Heller Block The Mazzola Block and the Heller Block are seen in this 1964 view of Main Street. Tin merchant Levi Frink built the Heller Block in the 1860s. It was demolished in 1970. The Mazzola Block was built in 1892 by Daniel Flaherty, and housed saloons and grocery stores until Prohibition. After World War One it became the city's first Italian-American grocery store.
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Murray BlockEveryone knows it today as Hurley's Department Store, but here it is pictured just two years after it was built on the site of the old Brainerd Hotel. It was built by Scotsman Hugh Murray in 1892, and known by several generations as the Murray Block, or Murray's Boston Store.
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Tilden's BlockThe Tilden's Block displays a sign that reads, “Stoves, crockery, glass, tin ware, furniture, carpets, oil cloths, dry and fancy goods, ladies and children's cloaks and suits.” The block was completely renovated, inside and out, in 1894. The facade was completely redone and a third floor was added. In 1906, Marshall Tilden sold the block to the Jordan Brothers. It became known as the Jordan Block and was destroyed by fire in 1916.
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Loomer Opera House The Loomer Block dominated Main St. for several decades. The Loomer Opera House was considered to be the finest theater between Hartford and Providence. It seated 1,200 people in lush surroundings. Many famous vaudeville acts played there, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Lumber magnate Silas Loomer built it in 1879. Movies were shown there in the 1920s, but it could not compete with the Capitol Cinema. The Opera House was demolished in 1940 and replaced by a new Woolworth's store.The block also housed several other businesses including a pharmacy and a pool hall.
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Tilden-Jordan BlockHere is the Tilden Block following the renovation of 1894. Note that the whole front facade has been changed and a third floor added. In 1906 it became the Jordan Block and housed the Jordan Hardware Co. It was destroyed in the fire of 1916.
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Union BlockThe Union Block stood on lower Main Street, across from the entrance of Church Street. It was built in 1864 by Allen Lincoln, and demolished in 1974 during redevelopment. The block was considered to be one of the city's premier commercial buildings. The shops pictured are those of C. M. Palmer (boots and shoes), Freeman and Tracy (grocers) and J. B. Baldwin (hats and caps). The second floor of the building housed the offices of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
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