Pingle's was likely constructed around 1907-1910, obviously a few years before the Central Block went up in 1911. Over the years the building housed several different drug stores, and the Medicine Hat Credit Union in the 1960s. When I first photographed this building in early 2013 it had been abandoned for years. A few historic elements remained, like the ghost mural outside and hints of a hidden tin ceiling, but mostly the structure was an uninspired jumble of decades past. There was no indication that things were about to change.
Then upgrades along 2nd Street began in mid-2013 and many of the surrounding buildings began to change. I documented some of the evolution of the street in 2014. Soon the 'Sweet Caporal Building' was being renovated as well, and another set of images I shot for my Around the Hat series became archival practically overnight. This building is now in use today, completely renovated, and the Sweet Caporal sign still remains.
|Interior in 2013.
|Medicine Hat Credit Union ca. 1960s
|The safe from the Credit Union in 2013.
|Exterior of the building in 2013.
|Tamblyn Drug Store ca. 1970
|Sweet Caporal Wall in 2011.
|Sweet Caporal exterior in 2013.
|2nd Street in 2014.
|The location transformed in 2017.
|This hole was drilled into the wall to access the safe as it had rusted closed.
|Sweet Caporal painted wall next to all the bricks used for the 2nd St. upgrades in 2013.
|Pingle's Drugstore ca. 1940s
|Glimpse of the tin ceiling behind the drop ceiling.
|Gutted interior of the Sweet Caporal Building in 2014.
|Sweet Caporal Building in 2017.
|The entrance in 2013.
|2nd Street in 2017.
|A garden centre now fills the neighbouring lot.