Friday, January 27, 2012
This pie-shaped building is wedged between Congress and Free Streets. This is the upper H.H. Hay Drug Building. You learn something knew every day, as they say. I never knew that there was an 'upper and lower' building, but there is. The lower building is located at Free and Middle Streets. This building has a very interesting history. The bottom two stories were built by Charles Quincy Clapp in 1826 and then later in 1922 the top floor was added by another renowned city architect, John Calvin Stevens. My Mom worked at the drug store in her early twenties. I always though it was in this building, but now I'm not quite sure. Today, the bottom floor is a Starbucks(make mine a Grande Pike's Peak!), while the Flat Iron Art Gallery(get it flat iron?) decorates the upper floors. This is a favorite Starbucks of mine. It's a fine spot to grab the Globe or Times and glance out the windows as the world goes by.