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Old Brooks Fabric store demolished in Bountiful

Mar 01, 2021 12:26PM ● By Tom Haraldsen

BOUNTIFUL—Demolition crews took down the former Brooks Fabric store at 206 North Main Street, as developers will replace it with a mixed-use project. The store was part of the city’s historic district, and dated back to 1890 when it had a much different use than selling fabric and notions.

In 1890, the Lewis Hotel and Saloon was constructed on the location, providing rooms for travelers who were coming to Davis County as the railroad industry continued to grow. The building was originally two stories, with the lower floor a semi-basement. The saloon was known as the “Dew Drop In” Saloon, offering wines and liquors by the glass. Its architecture included stylish arched windows (still visible for many decades after they’d been filled in). The front entrance was from a raised front porch, long gone before the demolition. That was also evident before the building was demolished, as the front door was much higher than the street level.

One unusual trait about the building was a rear “porthole” window that faced 200 North. Brooks Fabrics closed several years ago.

Plans call for a mixed-use housing and commercial development on the site, with commercial and office space on the street level and housing on a second level. No time frame for construction has been released.