Main Street Indianola

Main Street

Indianola’s Main Street led into downtown to dead-end on Front Avenue, where many businesses were clustered.  This charming stretch of Main in the 100 block prior to reaching Front Avenue was home to the Sunflower Bank (visible just to the left of the photograph, and featured in an earlier post), the Enterprise-Tocsin newspaper building (not shown), and the Masonic Lodge (visible beyond the one-story stucco building with the brick columns). From right to left, the buildings above:

  • 131 Main is a circa 1952 building (MDAH Historic Resources Inventory) with a new porch.  It currently houses the Indianola Wellness Clinic.
  • 129 Main is a circa 1905-1908 building of stone.  Permastone veneer was added to the front facade and the storefront changed in 1955.  It was the home of Chapman Printing Company between 1931-1938 at least, although there is no other information I have been able to locate.
  • 123 Main is a circa 1904 two-story stucco and brick building, currently home to Cities Insurance.  Cities was located across the street at 124 Main during the late 1950s.  The porch has a denticulated cornice with decorative cast iron balustrade atop the porch.
  • 117 Main is a circa 1970 building.

It is quite the eclectic collection of buildings of varying styles, ages, and appearance.  I suppose that makes it a typical example of rural southern Americana.

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3 Responses to Main Street Indianola

  1. These old downtown buildings certainly have more character than many of the modern ones that seem to be all chain-store style. I love it when they can find new life like the one that houses a clinic!

  2. Sheryl says:

    The eclectic styles are so much fun. .

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