The Hill Drug store embodies a typical store-front business in Regent, and, while characteristic of early-twentieth-century commercial architecture, now only survives in some of the state’s smaller communities. Originally serving as a community drugstore, pharmacy, and doctor’s office, the two-story frame building with a false front remains virtually unchanged from when it was built. The first story consists of tall display windows with a slightly off-center, recessed entrance. Inside, a single rectangular room is divided into two spaces by a five-panel wood screen. A small rear space contained the pharmacy, with tall wood cabinets concealed behind a screen. The east wall of the front retail area is furnished with a marble-clad soda fountain, complete with nickel-plated brass fixtures. The preserved examining room includes period furnishings and equipment that reflect a much less technologically sophisticated era in the practice of medicine. The second floor, used as living space and offices, is organized into four rooms divided by a central hallway with transomed doorways. Dr. Hill’s practice began in 1910 and spanned about fifty years until he retired at the age of eighty. The building now interprets local history as the Hettinger County Society Museum.
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Dr. S. W. Hill Drugstore
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