The McAuslan Wakelin building is a fairly new structure. It has existed since 1885 and had another store in South Hadley.
In 1907 a fire trolley was used at at fire in this building. The Springfield Massachusetts trolley company had one of only two fire trolleys in the world. The other was in Duluth Minnesota.
Sanborn map analysis:
Sanborn 1895 map shows the older buildings that would burn in 1899.
Sanborn 1915 map shows the department store both on Maple and on High Street and the walkway between them
Sanborn 1949 map shows the store even larger since the Saint Jerome Temperance Hall was bought and the department store expanded into it