H.R. Hutchings took over the building in 1934, and by 1950 it was known as Hutchings and Sharp Clothing Limited. The business remained in operation for decades, becoming the essential western clothing shop in Medicine Hat. Whether it was the declining relevance of downtown or the thinning cowboy population, the business has been closed for years now. The branding still remains on the outside of the building however, and I even spotted a vintage Wrangler poster through one of the windows.
Not too long ago the neighbouring building was demolished. I noticed this back in early 2012 when I went to get a new picture of the rooftops that I had been using as a backdrop for my production logo. I wrote about that here. The empty space has since become a bit of a park in progress, with cool graffiti work and a few planters going in.
I'm inclined to believe that the Hutchinson Block isn't in great shape, since it was looking pretty rough even when it was open. I'm hopeful that there's still a future for this cool old brick building, and that it doesn't meet the same fate as so many of the other historic buildings downtown. I suppose only time will tell.
|Hutchings and Sharp ca. 1963
|Store front windows ca. 1980s
|Store front ca. 1980s
|Ghosting image of my modern shot merged with an archival one.