I remember this location as Tramps, a comic book and video game store (hence the name of this post). I believe they were the last major vendor to inhabit the building, and that was years ago already. The building was constructed between 1903-1904 and originally housed the Medicine Hat News. The dates are foggy as to how long some of the businesses stayed at this location as there were a lot of them over the years. I'd have to explore the archives to find more exact information. The neighbouring Monarch Theatre was built in 1911.
The News moved to a new building (now demolished) at the site of the current city hall only several years after being in this corner block, and I can't even begin to account for how many different stores used the main floor space over the years. From various furniture stores, drug stores, and clothing stores, part of what makes the building so difficult to identify is that there was so much change over. The upper floor was eventually converted to apartments, and today the main floor features two separated commercial spaces. At the moment the building is vacant.
Interestingly, if you explore archival images you can see how the building has been modified (rather confusingly) with changes to the roof shape, store fronts, and facade over the years. Today the building, with exception to the commercial spaces, appears to look more like the original building than it did in the 1960s.
|Furniture store fire ca. 1924|
|Boylans Drugs (Corner Block) ca. 1960s|
|2nd Street in the early 1910s.|