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Acrylic, mixed media and ink on birch cradleboard

24″ x 18″

This building was constructed in 1905 and became known as the Pingle’s Drug & Bookstore. It utilized it’s second floor with rented offices and a set of apartments. Estimated cost of construction was $2,000. Mr. Pingle was the original owner.

In 1914, Alberta E. Nye opened up refractionist (optometrist) office in this building as it was the newest up-to-date Western store in the area. The lighting fixtures boasted to be the most pretentious for their beauty and design Medicine Hat had ever seen. The store was known for its massive quarter cut oak pillars and long line of shelving holding an assortment of goods from drug sundries, the newest books, toys and fancy goods.

I often was curious who lived upstairs behind the green of the door and what the apartments look like today.

Historical Information courtesy of the Esplanade Archives

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Dimensions 24 × 18 in