Across Mill Creek is the location of the five acre Farr’s Fort. It was erected in 1850 by Lorin Farr, Ezra Chase, Ambrose Shaw, John Shaw, Charles Hubbard and others settlers to protect themselves from Indian attacks. The fort was enclosed on the east, south and west by houses joined end to end, facing inward. The spaces between the houses were picketed with poles and extending upward some 12 feet, the north wall was never completed. Nearly all the settlers on the north side of Ogden River lived in this fort at one time. Lorin Farr moved into town in 1853 and shortly thereafter the fort was completely abandoned.
This building was constructed circa. 1891. The property came into possession of the James O. Stephens family in 1870 and was deeded to Solomon C. and William J. Stephens in 1890. In 1894 the building was bought by the Eccles Lumber Company. Later owners included the infamous “madame” of the Street, Dora Belle Topham, (1906) and the Smith’s Jewelry and Loan Office (1943). The property was sold in 1994 to the current owner, Junichi Jene Holloway.
Businesses known to have occupied the building include:
B.F. Mott, Cigar and Tobacco retail (1891)
Chris Gasberg, Photographer (1891) Jacob Kertz, Pawnbroker (1895)
Samuel Drozdowitz, retailer of music, loans and jewelry (1899-1908)
Uncle Sam’s Loan Office (1908-1948)
Smith’s Jewelry (1943-1980s)
Tarenah’s Jewelry & Beauty Supply (1994 – )
The building was renovated in 1994 to accommodate Tarenah’s Jewelry & Beauty Supply.
The brick structure is a vernacular two-story, two-part commercial block building with modest decorative features. Linear corbeled columns extend down the entire face of the outer edges of the building. The cornice has a wide band of decorative molding with a large fan shaped molding centered beneath the cornice.
The street level section of the building includes large display windows in heavy wooden frames which encompass a recessed entrance with transom windows. On the west side of the street level section of the building is a half-paneled, half-paned stairwell entrance door with with two transom widows above it.