Saturday, March 28, 2015

page 156 -- H.B. Cook Shoes, T.B. Terry & Co.

updated 6 February 2016
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The location of Nott's block in Bristol CT is somewhat vague in my mind, the best clue to its location being the fact it was demolished to make way for the railroad overpass over Main Street sometime around the beginning of the 20th century. From the Gombach Group's description of the Bristol Historic District, we have the following clues:

"The commercial center, consisting of a group of frame structures, was located south of the railroad tracks on the east side of Main Street. In January 1870, these buildings were destroyed in a dramatic midnight conflagration. They were replaced by two brick commercial blocks constructed on the same site as the frame commercial buildings for Julius Nott and Henry A. Seymour. The first bank on Main Street was located on the third floor of one of the Nott and Seymour blocks. The Bristol Savings Bank, organized by Miles Lewis Peck, opened for business in 1870. This block was destroyed by fire in 1873, and the bank elected to build its own brick banking house on the east side of Main Street north of the tracks (242-244 Main St.). The town offices were housed on the upper floor of the bank building and remained there until a new town hall was constructed near the corner of Main and North Main streets at the turn of the century. Shortly after the savings bank was rebuilt, a commercial bank was organized. The Bristol National Bank was founded in 1875 by John H. Sessions and Charles S. Treadway, two prominent industrial leaders of Bristol, and shared the Bristol Savings Bank building until 1878. The investments of the Bristol National Bank supported industrial and commercial expansion in town at a time when capital for new and expanded enterprises was much in demand.[8] 
"The second Nott and Seymour Block was demolished at the turn of the century when a railway bridge was built over Main Street in order to eliminate the dangerous grade crossing."
My best guess (in yellow shading) as to the Nott and Seymour Block's location is presented as found on an 1899 panoramic view of Bristol from the Library of Congress collection. It does seem to be in the way of the railroad tracks in this view!


Title
Bristol, Conn. looking north-east.
Contributor Names
Norris, George E.
Burleigh Litho.
Created / Published
Brockton, Mass., 1889.



820 Jefferson St., Toledo, OH
From Google Books comes this 1898 ad for T.B. Terry:






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