This buff brick commercial row, built immediately following the 1910 fire, was described by The Fayette Journal in 1911 as containing “twelve business rooms, all occupied, and 30 office rooms above, all occupied.” Originally there were five five-bay units, each containing two stores, flanked on each end by a three-bay unit, containing one store each. The units rose progressively higher from the corner of Main and South Mill Street up to Center Street. Above second-story office windows, corbeled brick cornices provided a muted decorative note. The block was typical of early-twentieth-century Main Street architecture in small-town America. One of the five-bay units is now gone, leaving a weed-filled void, and no one could now claim that the stores, much less the offices, are “all occupied.”
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Garrett and McNabb Block
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