The northeast side of the Shelbyville square from April 24, 1963. (T-G File Photo)
Sticking with 1963 for another week, here's a photo of the northeast side of the Shelbyville square. One of the first Picturing the Pasts I did was of some of these same buildings in the 1940s, when Parks Belk was under construction. At right is Pope's Cafe and Simmons Jewelers, and to the left of Parks-Belk is Bracey's hardware. Across Holland Street, at far left, is Taylor's Drugs.
And today? From left to right, Taylor's building is gone but the foundation -- with the various rooms in the basement -- clearly visible. It's just been sitting in that condition for months; hopefully someone will do something with that area soon.
Bracey's is gone, with the building today heavily remodeled and housing the Norton Law Firm. That building housed a tavern, reachable only through a side entrance on Holland Street, for years. Does anyone remember who ran it and what was its name?
The Parks-Belk building is gone, with only its steel frame remaining -- supposedly the frame is connected with the surrounding buildings in some manner. That brings the question of how interconnected the remaining buildings are on the east and south sides of the square: What happens if for whatever reason one needs to be demolished? We've seen how interconnectivity caused problems on East Depot Street. But a building burned on the south side of the square 10 years with no problems to the surrounding structures.
Also: Was the Parks-Belk building newer than its neighbors? The 1940s photo posted early this year showed a dark-colored upper floor with the ground floor being filled in, as opposed to the white building above which I remember from the 1960s until its demolition. Also, the side of the Pope's building today bears a old, painted soft drink sign which appears to be from the 1920s or 1930s, at a level which was covered by Parks-Belk.
Pope's now sits empty, but it lives on in the memories of many people. The sign's still there. And if the economy improves, maybe someone will reopen it.
About that '63 Galaxie in the foreground: The photo, dated April 24, 1963, is from an event called the Teen-Age Road-e-o, in which high school students competed in safe driving competitions within the square's inner parking loop. Here the driver's maneuvering between two poles.
AT THE MILL
You get two photos in one blog this week, as I've had the next one for weeks and meant to post it.
These guys are at the David Williams Stave Mill, which contributor Earl Tucker says was "at the corner of East Lane and Thompson Streets by the railroad tracks."
The photo looks older but has "1956" stamped on the back. Earl says it was from the 1950s or early 1960s. He identified a few in the photo: Front row, Wade Vandergriff is at far left, George Hardin is fourth from left and Carlie B. Tucker is to his immediate left.
Second row, Paul Farrar is second from left with T.E. Moulder to his left.
Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader photo contributions are welcome.