Built with Victorian Gothic influences by W. L. R. Stewart during Fall 1885-Spring 1886 on the site of the former location of his dry goods and hardware store, the Stewart Block housed Stewart Dry Goods until around 1915. This was similar to a department store, as before there were big chains such as Sears and Macy’s, most department stores were operated locally. During the 20th century, the building housed many different businesses; most notably, the Hickey-Kent Furniture Store and Funeral Home during the mid 20th century. It was also home to O’Connor Drug Store, Harlow Smith Piano, and Sears before Dale’s Bootery, it’s current occupant, decided to call it home in 1969. The building is currently also home to Stand By Me Home Consignment.
Thank you to The Whitewater Historical Society for providing the information