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High Street Commercial Block

High Street Commercial Block, 228, 232 and 236 High Street, Hamilton, were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2004. The three three-story buildings -- also known as the Mercantile Buildings -- are on the north side of High Street between Second and Third streets, closer to Third.

"Hidden under the false front at 226 High Street are actually two buildings," wrote Sherry Corbett, a successful local preservationist, in a March 7, 1999, guest column in the Journal-News. "Nestled up against the limestone-faced Second National Building, built first in 1870, is the T. V. Howell & Son dry goods store, which, along with the McCrory store at 236 High Street, were built circa 1880." Corbett described the McCrory building "as a fine example of the First Renaissance Revival style. The McCrory building previously housed two department stores, Strauss & Co. and Blair & Co. Owner Harry T. Wilks, after removing false fronts erected in the 1950s, had planned to demolish the buildings until the City of Hamilton purchased the properties in September 1999 for $575,000. The city's intention was to seek an investor who would preserve and develop the buildings.

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