Historic District Downtown Building Inventory
C. W. Black Bldg (Site ID 38)
Current (2021) address: 782 Main Street
1953 address: 881 Main street, Phone 15
Classification: Historic Contributing
Constructed in the fall of 1900 after the Pomeroy fire, the building was erected to house the professional offices of Drs. C.G. and George W. Black, and the East End Drug store operated by M.A. Black. Completed in December 1900, the front of the building housed the East End Drug, and the back of the structure was used as a doctors' office, reception area, and operating room. George W. Black came to Garfield County in 1882 and died in 1910. The Black pharmacy was sold to Crump and Dill by 1914 and became known as the Pomeroy Pharmacy. By 1925, Crump was the sole owner of the business. Around 1963, the Pomeroy Pharmacy moved to their present location at 752 Main Street. Subsequent uses of the building include a barbershop, a fabric store, and a savings and loan.
At the time of the historic nomination, Sterling Savings occupied the building. Following acquisition of Sterling, Umpqua Bank occupied the building, but sold the branch to the Bank of Eastern Oregon, which as of 2020 had a Bank of Eastern Washington branch in this location.
The one-story unpainted brick building has a raised peaked parapet flanked by small brick pilasters with pyramidal caps. The building has a central recessed entrance. Identical in design to the Hazelton Building to the west, the buildings share a common wall divided by a raised rusticated brick pilaster with recessed panels.
Description and much of the Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates
April 1919, An "Autographic Kodak" camera. These were a fascinating invention. Take your shot, then you write a note that will remain with the photograph.
December of 1922. "When giving why not give the best?" Victrola record players.
One hundred years (almost) and we've gone from shellack records to vonyl to tape to electronic and back to vinyl.
From August 1936, when a $47.50 purchase was offered with "Easy Terms."
In this undated (but pre-1963) photo of the Pomeroy Rexall Drugs, you can see that bike parking hasn't changed