Building now on the corner on the right sure is ugly, but there do seem to be some of the original streetlights left.
The street lights are all new. After they ran most of the business out of down town and sent it out to the malls and 10th Avenue South about 30 years ago they finally figured out that they should do something about the down town like making it easy to park and shop. They re-did the sidewalks and pulled off many of the ugly facades that had been added in the 50's modernization craze and put up the old fashioned street lights all down Central Avenue. It is a pretty nice down town now.
Actually, the building on that corner in the old photo is pretty ugly as well. How common were those big plate glass windows at that time? That probably seemed ultra-modern compared to the rest of the street.
It looks like the corner building may be the same building with some additions--and the ugly "modernization" done in the 60s. Boy that is ugly--there's a building in Oroville with that same vertical seamed "siding" UGH.
At least they saved one street light!
No they didn't, Larry. They are all new, both sides of the street for about a mile through the down town. They have been up for maybe 5 years now.
That was a gorgeous building, it held a high end women's clothing store for years. When the store went out of business they put that ugly front on there and made it an office building. It is UGLY!
Like a lot of down town areas, west Central was "modernized" in the 50's.
Stan, are the streetcar tracks still there?
I don't know about exactly right there but there are places in Great Falls where you can still see them. They have talked over the years of digging the pavement off the top of them and rolling out a few of the cars as a tourist attraction. Helena, where I live, still has brick streets with street car tracks and a couple street cars. The new ones are powered but a couple of the old electric ones are on display in the walking mall. Helena is probably more historical downtown than Great Falls is because the main street of uptown Helena ends at the mountain. It is called Last Chance Gulch. When I first moved here they were tearing down every building they could for "Urban Renewal" and some magnificent buildings were hauled to the landfill. It is also fair to say that a lot of what they hauled away was dangerous and junk but it certainly changed the character of down town. There is very little business down town here. A few historic businesses but most have become offices and apartments.
LOL Tim, what's up with all of the bumps? Are you on some kind of crusade?