Located at the southeast corner of the Florida Street/Gibson Street intersection in downtown Covington is this imposing structure, built in 1910 originally as the Covington Ice House, according to historical records. The address is 322 N. Florida.
It served as the Ice House until the 1920s when it became home to D'Aquin's Wholesale Grain Company. The next tenant was the Blossman Petrolane Gas Company in 1934 which added a modern "art deco" front extension to the building and occupied it for decades. About 25 years ago it was renovated as Downtown Drugs. Click on the images to make them larger.
Currently the building houses Renaissance Antiques and Gifts, and an artful soda fountain counter and cafe tables known as Cafe Cabaret. Here's a photo tour of the building and its many unique features. First there are outside pictures, followed by inside pictures.
Dutch Colonial roll top desk circa 1740
Described as a Tall Empire "burl" bookcase secretary, the piece of furniture was created around 1820 and belonged to Judge Saunders personally. He had reportedly acquired it while on a trip to New Orleans where the secretary/bookcase had been made. He used it to hold his law books. While he lived and worked in Baton Rouge, Judge Saunders also traveled around the state to hear legal cases.
Click here for a map to the business.
All photos by Ron Barthet, Copyright 2018