March 20, 2012
Well, well, well. Boop boop a doop!
Here’s a picture of Bottineau’s Main Street in the 1920s (from the look of the cars) — and there is the Stone Bank, snazzy awnings and all — standing proud on the west side of the street. Heck, most of the buildings on Main Street had awnings back then. Interesting. It looks like there is a traffic control device, too. In 2012, the intersection is a four-way stop.
Our architect looked at the picture a couple days ago and noted that at the time of this photo the building had been “doubled.” Note the second arched window facing Main, without an awning. That building was lost — more on that as we learn more.
Here’s a closeup of the Stone Bank from this photo.
We are always THRILLED to find period photos of the bank. So, if you find any — you know where to send them. And we are working on fundraising for our 2012 effort to rebuild the back of the building. Join our email list if you want regular updates and a copy of our new brochure — coming soon.
Now let’s all say the Stone Bank slogan: Preservation ROCKS!
Oh, and boop boop a doop!