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40. Lesense-Stone Building (1884)

Occupying a prominent corner location, this building is a particularly fine use of native limestone. Skilled masons constructed walls of dressed limestone ashlar into which handsome arched windows and unusual porthole windows were incorporated. A pedimented metal cornice completes the front façade, which was restored in 1983. Stone’s Drug Store occupied the ground floor when the structure was originally completed and continued to occupy the building for many years.

Additional Information:
It is possible that an earlier building on this site housed Mr. Nichols’ drug store in a building
owned by Mr. Chessher and Mr. Foster. The current building, built for Sanders and Lesesne drug
store, housed offices upstairs. Thomas B. Stone moved his drug business here in 1892.
On December 8, 1862, radio station KGTN began operating from the upstairs of the building.
Owned by the Georgetown Broadcasting Company, it was a daytime station required to go off
the air at night. By 1991, the station had changed hands and moved from the building.
Fun Facts:

1. Cyrus Eubank, a well-known and connected citizen, likely owned the building at one time.
2. Mr. Stone ran his business I this building for more than 50 years.
3. Robert J. Stone, Thomas’ half-brother, ran his photography studio in the building for many
years, possibly from 1897 until he partnered with Lee Karr in 1947. “uncle Bob”, as he was
known to the students, served as Southwestern’s resident photographer for decades.

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