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The beginning......Redevelopment officially began at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 9, 1973. It began at Lincoln
Square and proceeded East. The first building to be razed was the gas station that sat at
the junction of Union and Main. Four other buildings were razed in that first three week
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First 5 buildings to be razedHere is an overview of the first 5 buildings to be razed. Buildings were “released” to the
demolition firm in lots of 5.
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Main St. side of buildingsThis is the Main St. side of buildings that had entrances on both Main and Union Sts. On
the left is Martin’s Home appliances and at the far right is Goettlich’s Furniture store.
The 2 buildings in the middle were vacant at the time but I believe that the smaller one
was, at one time, Rothblatt’s Meat Market.
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Martin’s Home appliances
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Goettlich’s Furniture store
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Northwest view of Union StThe Baptist Church is at the far left. If you know the occupants/businesses that were in any of the buildings in this picture, please let us know.
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Union StreetAnother shot of Union St looking west. Photo courtesy of Vin Crosbie
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NE corner of Union and TempleThe large building was once known as the "Temple of Fashion". To the right, the small storefront was Rob Roy Jewelers. (Rob's father, Homer Roy, had a barber shop on the Temple St. side of the Temple of Fashion). To the right of Rob Roy's is Morris Hardware.
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Chaffee Silk MillThe Chaffee Silk Mill, pictured on the corner of Church and Valley in a building erected in 1872. J. Dwight Chaffee manufactured high quality silk thread and silk fishing lines from this site, well into the 20th century. This building was also fell victim to early 1970s city redevelopment, and today is the site of the Windham Courthouse.
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Redevelopment continues
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North & ValleyThis building sat on the southwest corner of North and Valley.
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Double storefront On the left is the building that had a double storefront and was home to the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the First Society of Spiritualists. On the right is the Park Central. These two buildings as well as one on the right of the Park central were built around 1890 by M. Eugene Lincoln (not the Lincoln Square Lincoln) who was one of the city's most prolific builders. Besides these three, he put up at least ten other buildings in the city.
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