Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District

Downtown Pomeroy Washington from space

Historic District Downtown Building Inventory

Vacant Lot (Site ID 49)

640 Main Street

This one-story brick building has a raised parapet covered with a pressed metal cornice and a spandrel decorated with swags, florets, semi-circles, and an egg and dart pattern. Brick pilasters flank the two storefront bays that - are separated by a raised pilaster. The storefronts have been altered by enclosing the transoms and bulkheads with Roman brick

According to the 1896 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, a 20'x35' wooden tailor shop was on this lot prior to the construction of the current brick building circa 1904. E. Richardson had a second hand store in the building until 1912 when the business was sold to George F. Cluck. By 1922, the structure housed Sparkman's Barber Shop in the west half and Herbert Kuykendall's Tire Shop in the east half, and by 1930, a store was in the west half and Berringer Shoe Shop in the east. From the mid-to-late 1930s to the 1980s, the east half of the building was used as an insurance office.

Some of the agents over the years included Chet and Bert Obenland, Ray Munn, and Lows. A 1916 assessor's book indicates a drinking fountain was in front of this building.

Description and much of the Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates

Washington's Birthday Message from February 1924, East Washingtonian

Washington's Birthday Message from February 1924, East Washingtonian


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Pomeroy WA 99347


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