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Frinck's BlockA "block" has been defined as "a large building divided into separate functional units". In Willimantic, having your own block was a sort of a business success story. From the late 1800s until the early 1950s there were about 30 "blocks" in Willimantic. It is hard to keep track of the names because when a building was sold, the name often changed. For example, the Tilden Block became the Jordan Block. Before the catastrophic fire, the Jordan Block still had the "Tilden" name on the roof lettering. This photo is of Frinck's Block, one of the few owned by a woman (Mrs. Elnora Frinck). Her store sold crockery and glassware.
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Melony BlockThe fire was believed to have started in the basement drying room where the huge amount of clothes drying there, along with carpets and oily machinery created not only a mass of flames but billowing clouds of smoke as well. It was said that firemen at the rear of the building had to stand back several feet in order to avoid the smoke.
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Valley Street (looking west from Church St.)The first building (partially visible) on the left was the Chaffee Mfg. Company which made braid. By 1950, Mayor Bergeron’s tin shop was there along with a liquor store. The next building was the Windham Silk Mill. By the 50s, it was William Brand. Then, on the corner of North and Valley, was the Washburn Block. Beyond the Washburn block, is a group of buildings housing the Willimantic Welfare Bureau (later home to Watson’s Movers), the Women’s Christian temperance Union, the Park Central Hotel, and Carpenter’s auto radiator repair. Just about visible to the left of the tree is the Turner Silk Mill, later the Trade School. June 6, 2013 Pic of the Week
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1928 Memorial Day ParadeOne of the finest floats in every Memorial Day Parade was the one entered by the American Thread Company. It is shown here passing the old Hurley Block in 1928, and is pictured from the roof of the Commercial Block, which was destroyed by fire in 1968. The four businesses in the Hurley Block are the Hurley Grant Company, Martin's photographers, the Rex Restaurant and Rogers Pharmacy.
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1914 Main Street buildingsThis fine row of Main Street buildings were photographed in 1914. The Melony Block on the left was originally the Congregational Church, built in 1828. It was demolished in the 1930s. The Gem Cinema, on its right, was Willimantic's first custom built movie house. It was built in 1909. Next is the YMCA block, built in 1912. The commercial block at the right was built in 1890, and is still standing, Unfortunately, the two architectural gems in the centre are hidden by decorative concrete blocks, placed there
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Lower Main Street - 1948Looking west along Lower Main Street in January 1948. The Goettlich-Bacon furniture store is on the right. This area was demolished in 1972/73 during redevelopment. The only remaining building is the remodeled Jordan Block, seen on the left of the street.
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Savings InstituteThe Willimantic Savings Institute was the city's first brick block, built in 1869. It was also the first home of the Willimantic Normal School in 1892 -- the teacher training school that has evolved into Eastern Connecticut State University
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Murray BlockEveryone knows it today as Hurley's Department Store, but here it is pictured just two years after it was built on the site of the old Brainerd Hotel. It was built by Scotsman Hugh Murray in 1892, and known by several generations as the Murray Block, or Murray's Boston Store.
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This fine row of Main Street buildings was photographed in 1914. The Melony Block on the left was originally the Congregational Church, built in 1828. It was demolished in the 1930s. The Gem Cinema, on its right, was Willimantic's first custom built movie house. It was built in 1909. Next is the YMCA block, built in 1912. The commercial block at the right was built in 1890, and is still standing, Unfortunately, the two architectural gems in the centre are hidden by decorative concrete blocks, placed there in 1964.
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Summer of 1968This photograph was taken in the summer of 1968, after the St. Valentine Day fire destroyed the Commercial Block, which had stood on the site since 1865. The building located on the eastern corner of Main and Church, the Turner block, was built in 1877 and served as a hotel for many years. It was demolished in the early 1970s, and the site is today the home of Liberty Bank. Note the Methodist Church, and the Murray Block, which would be the home of Hurleys until December, 2002.
   
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