I have previously written of Bristol’s Golden Age of residential building. It is only fitting that I write of the same for business building that occurred in approximately the same period (1890s extending into the 1920s). During that time, many of the older and perhaps the oldest buildings of the downtown area were torn down and replaced with newer structures.
It should be mentioned that some of the older buildings that were left standing were given new fronts. Such was the case with the old G.B. Smith building that yet stands in the 500 block of the Virginia side of State Street. It was erected in the late 1870s and was given a new front about 1900 using a better grade of brick.
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Bud Phillips is a local historian and author. He can be reached at 276-466-6435. For more about Bristol’s history, visit www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com.