Sunday, March 1, 2020

History Showcase On New Hampshire St. Postponed

The Covington Heritage Foundation will reschedule a guided tour of the 200 block of North New Hampshire Street. It was originally planned for Sunday afternoon,another in the group's "History and Mystery" events showcasing individual blocks in downtown Covington. 

Cindy Mendow, CHF President, said it will probably be re-scheduled for this fall.The history of the buildings and businesses (and the individual personalities that made them a success) will be featured, with several knowledgeable people on hand to share their memories. 

Among the folks sharing their stories will be Ms. Pat Clanton, whose father managed the Parkview Theater (where Del Porto is today), as well as the Majestic Theater, where the Christ Community Church is today. 

Here are some pictures of the buildings and businesses to be featured in the "History and Mystery" Event.

Click on the following images to make them larger. 


The Del Porto Building







The Wehrli House

In 1974 Citizens Bank announced that it would give the Wehrli House, shown above, to any non-profit organization which would remove it from its location in-between Hebert's Drugs and the bank in the 200 block of North New Hampshire. If no one agreed to move it, then it would be dismantled.

The structure at that time was 110 years old, meaning it was built in 1864, according to local records. The bank wanted to use the location occupied by the house as a parking lot and drive through window facility.

Dr. Howard Nichols, president of the St. Tammany Parish Historical Society, reported that the society itself had considered moving the house which could then be used as a headquarters for the group, as well as a museum. The project was beyond the resources of the society, however, as determined by the board of directors. The group did pass a resolution to the City of Covington recommending that the city move the structure back onto the ox lot directly behind it so it could be stored until moved somewhere else.

Either that, or it could be set up permanently in the ox lot and used as a tourist attraction, the historical society suggested. It was hoped the project would capture the interest of the local committee planning a celebration of the American Bicentennial in 1976, Dr. Nichols stated.

No one stepped up to take advantage of the bank's offer, however, and the building was dismantled shortly afterwards.


 
 Citizens Bank & Trust



The Majestic Theater


This building later became a branch location of Commercial Bank, where...

 



Christ Community Church (Old Majestic Theater building)



Kentzel Printers




The old St. Tammany Homestead Association office


Now the home of Vineyard Church and Kimsu Oil Co.


This building houses the offices of Martex LLC and Jeff Bratton, Attorney
 

Toad Hollow Cafe site in 1997 (The Gourmet Beignet)

  

Toad Hollow Cafe Today


Corner N. New Hampshire and Rutland St.
 
 

Jewel's Cigar and Briar Shop 




 See also:

CHF Event Examines 300 Block of New Hampshire

History and Mystery of N. New Hampshire St.

 Crowd Enjoys History of Columbia St. Businesses