Saturday, February 2, 2013

Provo Center Street

I have enjoyed my time in covering historical buildings in Provo and much of Utah County.  While looking through photos of downtown Provo, I came across some photos of several historic buildings downtown that I wanted to share.

The picture below is from the corner of Freedom Blvd and Center.  A plaque on the corner building reads: "In October 1875, President Brigham Young executed a deed of trust to establish an academy.  First classes were held in January 1878.  Warren N. Dusenberry, principal. Karl G. Maeser became principal April 1878 to 1892.  First school held on this site in Provo's first brick structure.  Destroyed by fire in 1884.  Classes continued in temporary quarters, then ZCMI warehouse until education building was dedicated 1892.  During those years, A. O. Smoot, president of trustees, arranged financing.  Benjamin Cluff, Jr., [romo[a; 1892-1903.  Academy changed to Brigham Young University 1903."

Historical photo courtesy of the  Provo City Library

A view of Center Street, looking east, from 100 West


Historical photo courtesy of the  Provo City Library

A view of Center Street from 100 West, looking West.  A plaque on the corner building reads: "R. Spencer Hines, a pharmacist who made his money in the Tintic mines, constructed this building in 1885 as a drug store and saloon (The Palace) and rebuilt it to its present shape in 1890.  Hines was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.), the first fraternal order formed in Provo, an organization which utilized the second floor of this building during 1890-93.  In 1893 the second floor was rebuilt to create a rooming house.  The drug store continued in operation and eventually became known as Hedquist Drug Store, Ivan's Drug, Stone Drug, Sanitary Cafe, Cozy Cafe and Provo Pharmacy.  Restaurants, such as the Vienna Care, have operated in the former saloon area."

A plaque on the second building from the corner, the Southworth Block, reads: "Built in 1900 by Henry L. Southworth, this building was known historically as the Southworth Block and originally housed four businesses with a public hall of the second floor.  Some of the businesses that operated in this building include the Palace Meat Market, Pal Butcher Shop, the Boston Store, theHub Clothing Co., the Cystal Restaurant, Leven's Men's Store, Heindsleman's, Daynes Optical, and the Hyde House which rented out rooms on the second floor.  This building was restored in 1990."

Historical photo courtesy of the  Provo City Library

Buildings located around 350 W Center Street.

Historical photo courtesy of the  Provo City Library

A building located around 50 W Center Street.

Historical photo courtesy of the  Provo City Library

The following two photos are of the Utah County Clothing House, which was located on the northwest corner of 200 West (Freedom Blvd.) and Center Street, where the Utah County Convention Center is currently located.  The first photo is from 1900 and the second from a latter date.

Photo courtesy of the  Provo City Library

Photo courtesy of the  Provo City Library

A view of Center Street from around 200 West (Freedom Blvd), looking east:

Photo courtesy of the  Provo City Library

Historic buildings located on the west side on University Ave between Center and 100 North:


The Union Block, located around 50 W Center, and other buildings located next to the Union Block:






The building located at Center and 300 West which has recently been remodeled and turned into the Madison:



The building located at Center Street and Freedom, where Bingham Cyclery is located:


The building located at the corner of 200 West and Center, where Smoke Break is located:


LOST IN HISTORY: Provo is currently constructing a splash pad at Pioneer Park, on the west side of downtown.  The splash pad will reference different people that have been instrumental in the history and foundation of Provo.  I found at least four groups of individuals that will be referenced in the cement work around the splash pad.  What are the four groups?

3 comments:

  1. Does anyone remember a restaurant on Center Street in the early 1970's where you could bring your own meat and cook it at the table. I talked about this restaurant tonight and nobody believed me that such a restaurant existed. I've searched the Internet and have come up with nothing about such a place.

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  2. Does anyone remember a restaurant on Center Street in the early 1970's where you could bring your own meat and cook it at the table. I talked about this restaurant tonight and nobody believed me that such a restaurant existed. I've searched the Internet and have come up with nothing about such a place.

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