Friday, July 3, 2015


I'm writing this early because I won't be able to be on the computer much at all if any today.  This image is the color version of the one I took for my Black and White Project.  The theme this week was Architecture.  This building demonstrates some interesting textures and shapes that were in use in the late 1800s.  While Limestone was the predominate material due to it's availability and proximity, brick was used in some early buildings and was much more expensive.  The B&W version can be seen in the About Me link to the right of this Blog on my Google Plus page if interested.

I was able to get this off the application for Historic Registration for this building.

 History: Bertrand Rockwell, a civil war veteran began his dry goods/grocery business in Junction City in 1865 in a one story frame building. He later built a two-story building on this site which was destroyed by fire in 1888. Rockwell immediately rebuilt after the fire. The existing building was completed in 1889. Holmgren & O'berg did the stonework, the stone being quarried west of the city; William Lawrence was the carpenter and Say & Hughes were responsible for the brick work. The building was remodeled in 1909. The Rockwell Store was a prominent business in downtown Junction throughout the early years; the store closed in 1925. This location was later occupied by Woolworths, the Scott Store, Duckwalls and Sjoholm Furniture. Duckwalls opened in this location in 1954; at that time the building had a modern slipcover over the facade. The original facade was restored by Dr. Ned Price in 1986. The building is now occupied by Rent-A-Center.

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