Uncovering The Histories Of Uptown Athens

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Updated Tue, Aug 21, 2012 4:59 pm
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Sun, Aug 19, 2012

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Courtesy of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum
View of Court Street from Shale Hill, circa early 1900's
Ron Luce talks with author Cyrus Moore

On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, host Ron Luce talks with author and local historian Cyrus Moore III.

Moore’s first book, The Athens Maneuvers: The Ohio National Guard Maneuvers in Athens County, August 17-23, 1904, and the Remaking of the Guard, was published this July by the Athens County Historical Society & Museum.

The Athens Maneuvers recaps the history of the 1904 maneuvers that took place in Athens County, Ohio, and how the maneuvers revolutionized National Guard training before World War I.

However, Moore joins Luce in Studio B to discuss his newest research project, the historical documentation of buildings in uptown Athens.

"These are buildings I’ve seen all my life, and originally I had started researching a few of them for a presentation, and I found it fascinating, and just keep going until I had profiles on most of the buildings uptown," said Moore.

Moore reveals a number of interesting facts about the historic buildings on Court St., including the buildings that house the modern day businesses of UniversiTEES, the C.I., Big Mama's Burritos, Jimmy John's, College Book Store, Artifacts Gallery, Casa Nueva and more.

Take a look of the slideshow below for some photos of historic uptown Athens dating from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s.

For more information on the Athens County Historical Society and Museum, visit http://www.athenshistory.org/

 

Slideshow: Historic Uptown Athens

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Courtesy of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum

Lawrence (Beckley) Building – Built in 1909 by Wesley Lawrence, the building became the home of the Athens branch of the Beckley Men’s Clothing Store in 1913. In 1929, the building was bought by the Beckleys and became known as the Beckley Building.

Courtesy of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum

Intersection of Court St. and Carpenter St. in 1913 – The far left building with wooden siding is the Junod Mill

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View of Court Street from Shale Hill – The photo shows the skyline of uptown Athens in early part of the last century; notice the theater attached to the upper story of the City Building.

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Zenner Building c.1905 – Originally built in the 1870s, the Zenner building was enlarged and renovated in 1902. Zenner’s store was succeeded by Uhlman’s in the 1930s. Next, Belks and Simpson acquired the space, but the building was destroyed in a fire in 1982. Currently a parking lot occupies the space.

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Court Street before 1915 – Visible on the right side of the street is The Nelson Block and the theater that stood before the Athena.

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Court Street c.1940 – Looking south from the intersection of Court St. and Carpenter St.

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Nelson Block – Finished in 1909, The Nelson Block, named for builders Elizabeth and Henry Nelson, was the first steel framed structure on Court St.

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Lostro Building – Finished in 1915, the Lostro building was originally designed as an automobile dealership. It was constructed under the guidance of Maud Fenzel, who took over her husband’s construction business upon his death.

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Athens National Bank in 1971 – Built in 1923, this building replaced an earlier bank building that had burned in 1922. The same fate befell this stately looking-building not long after this picture was taken.

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