Main & Race Streets Early 1900s
This section of Holyoke had some beautiful architecture. On the left heading south on Main Street some of the landmarks seen in this picture are the Hotel Monet at the corner of Main and Mosher, the Whiting Street Building at 32 Main Street and at the far end of the block the Hotel Jess. The Jess along with a few other buildings are still standing. On the right is the famous Flat Iron Building and behind it the Hotel Hamilton. The Flat Iron Building had many shops on it's ground floor including Bardwell Drug Store. The American Writing Paper Company had it's offices there. By the early fifties the building was vacant and soon afterwards was demolished.
The Whiting Street Building at 32 Main Street (photo courtesy of John L. Dickey)