Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District
The Knettle Building, photographed in 2021
Historic District Downtown Building Inventory
The Knettle Building/The Fair (Site ID 33)
Constructed around 1904, the Knettle Building is built of rough face ashlar stone laid in a broken range pattern. The subject building and the Knettle Bank Building to the west are the only stone buildings in downtown.
Early street scene photographs indicate that this building was occupied by The Fair, a clothing store, as early as 1906. By 1922, the structure housed a billiards parlor and dry goods store, and by 1930, a restaurant. The building housed the Palace of Sweets in the 1940s. Later uses of the building include Obenland's Appliances, offices for the U.S. Forest Service, and Ram's Auto Store. The building is currently occupied by Quality Behaviorial Health of Clarkston.
Description and much of the Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates
Looking at both Knettle Buildings you can see the beauty of the stone. (Yes, this is the same photo as at the top of The Knettle Bank Building.)
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