February 3, 1914: O’Hanlon’s Drug Store Burns

O'Hanlon Building

O’Hanlon Drug Store was located on the corner of West Fourth and Liberty Streets (shown at the left in the photo).  The building was three stories with a basement, housing the drugstore on the first floor, storage in the basement, and offices on the second and third floors.

In 1913, a fire began in the basement of O’Hanlon’s and caused damage to the building and to the next-door business of Fred N. Day’s Jewelry Store.  O’Hanlon’s was repaired and reopened for business.  Day’s Jewelry Store was also repaired and had only been opened a short time when another fire erupted on the morning of February 3rd, 1914, causing damage to O’Hanlon’s and Day’s.

Damage to O’Hanlon’s was extensive and the building was demolished.   Day’s business later moved to Trade Street.  O’Hanlon constructed an eight-story building which stands today on the same corner.

Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.

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