Johnson and Johnson Blocks

The Johnson and Johnson Blocks are at 195 High and at 197-201 High Street. Both were made in the Italianate style in 1880. This father and son team sold insurance products. Their agency started in 1866 and must have boomed with the economy since by 1880 they had the nicer structure built. The older and less ornate building might be from their origins. They were still there in 1915 as an insurance and a building.

On the 201 High ground floor there was the Holyoke Savings Bank. (from at least 1912 to 1915)

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1871 ad for a tenant:

In 1900 Knights of Pythias Hall was here.

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Sanborn map analysis:

Sanborn 1884 map

Sanborn 1889 map has the southern one being called Society Hall

Sanborn 1895 map has two banks there with the insurance – Savings Bank (on left) and National Bank (on right)

Sanborn 1915 map shows the two buildings are joined on all floors above the ground one

Sanborn 1949 map and it has stores

Sanborn 1956 map

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