Automobile Alley - Looking Back
I had fun Thursday night joining old friend Chad Huntington on a tour of Automobile Alley. Broadway is thriving these days, but we both remember a time when the area was a disaster zone – with seemingly no hope for a revival.
Sometimes, photos tell a lot more of the story than words. So let’s get to it:
First, Chad Huntington spoke about the St. Nicholas Hotel building, now home to Schlegal Bicycles at NW 8 and Broadway. The building was seriously damaged by the 1995 bombing, and then assumed destroyed by a five-alarm fire that followed just a few months later.
Magnolia Petroleum Building:
Now for the curious case of the Fifth Avenue Lofts, previously home to Wesbanco. If one visits the site of Boyington Properties, you see the following newspaper clipping was used as the basis for renovating it into what it is today:
So by this logic, the building was renovated to look like this:
But that’s not quite right. In fact, it’s not right at all. The following photo shows how the building appeared in its earliest years:
Oh how I wish it looked like this today.
More photos of the building over the years:
Red Prime Steakhouse, the earliest Buick dealership in the state:
One more set of shots of the 1015 and 1007 N Broadway buildings, now home to Coffee Slinger, Cardinal Engineering and Rawhide.