Mar 28, 2013

Hull Block / Gaslight Plaza

Constructed in 1912 as the Hull Block (now Gaslight Plaza) this large downtown building is perhaps most famous for housing Eaton's department store from 1941-1991. For decades this location represented the pinnacle of shopping in Medicine Hat, and was a huge retail space.

When Eaton's announced it was closing the Medicine Hat store in 1990 there was an outcry from locals. Competition from malls and free parking were cited as some of the reasons for closure, however mismanagement of the Eaton's company saw the entire national chain go belly up in 1999. The Hull Block was renovated for office space after Eaton's closed, and it's used largely for that purpose today. 

Hull Block ca. 1910s

Gaslight Plaza ca. 2013

Eaton's Department Store ca. 1970s

Eaton's Sign ca. 1975

Eaton's Department Store ca. 1970s

Ghosting image of my modern shot merged with one from the 1970s.

Hull Block (left) ca. 1913

Hull Block ca. 1913

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