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Turner BlockThe Turner Block was built in 1877 by English-born merchant, Thomas Turner, who gave his name to Turner Street.
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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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Turner Block/Windham Hotel The Windham Hotel was part of the Turner Block. The block had many owners over the years and by the time of the 1968 St. Valentine's Day fire, had become an apartment house.
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Turner Block following the St. Valentine's Day fire.The block survived the 1968 St. Valentine's Day fire, but was demolished in the early 1970s to make way for the Liberty Bank building
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Turner Silk MillThe Turner Silk Mill, stood on the western corner of Bank St.and Valley St. It was built in 1888. The company went into liquidation in 1917, and was later used by the Willimantic Trade School. It was demolished in 1970.
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The Commercial Block and the Turner BuildingThe Commercial Block (661-677 Main St.) and the Turner Building (679-685 Main St.) were destroyed in the Saint Valentine’s Day fire of 1968. At the time the photo was taken, the buildings were occupied by the Grand Union Tea Company, Towne Photographers, Bowman’s Tailor Shop, Yonclas Confectionary, Danahey’s Barber Shop, Dondero’s Pool Room, Hunt’s Clothing Store and Giles Hardware. Pic of the Week for October 17, 2013.
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Willimantic - Summer, 1963Church St. Turner Block at right. Chronicle Building, Methodist Church. (photo courtesy of Willimantic Public Library)
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Turner and Commercial blocks first floor businessesThis photo was taken at the corner of Main and Church Streets and shows the delivery wagon of the Thompson Meat Market (on Church Street) and the bottom floor businesses of the Turner and Commercial Blocks. The businesses included the Thompson Store, Apothecaries Hall, Charlie Lee’s Laundry Pic of the Week July 10, 2014
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Maple AvenueMaple Ave looking west. 3 Turner St. in the center of the photo and 23 Maple ave. on the far right. I.D. by Nicholas Khan. Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at
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State Trade SchoolPic of the Week - March 1, 2012
This building started out as the Turner Silk Mill and later became, as the sign says, the State Trade School. It stood on the corner of Valley and Bank Streets.March 01, 2012 Pic of the Week - original photo
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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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