The Beveridge Block today features a giant western mural on one side, showing a large horse-drawn stagecoach. The beautiful Merchant's Bank used to be located there, but was demolished a long time ago and I imagine the mural was added later to beautify the vacant spot. You can see the old bank in several archival images below.
In my own memories I recall this being the location of the Salvation Army thrift store for years, before it moved to another downtown location. Today the building is vacant, although it appears that the city art walk might be displaying some work inside. The store front windows had a bit of local memorabilia in them, with some old movie posters peeking through the curtains. The building is just across the street from the Monarch Theatre, so the display seems fitting even if it is unrelated. It's a beautiful old building, but it desperately needs some work. Explore more of this location through my Around the Hat series.
|Beveridge Block ca. 1950s
|Notice the faded furniture sign still on the building.
|Beveridge Block with painted furniture sign ca. 1913
|2nd Street today. The Sweet Caporal sign was revealed after the Central Block fire.
|2nd Street ca. 1919
|Beveridge Block ca. 1913