Historic Hood River
The Brosius Block at 2nd and Oak is one of the oldest and least changed buildings in town, though its tenants certainly move around a lot. In 1993 it the first floor was inhabited by Columbia Photo (One hour developing!), Designing Women Salon, The Gift House, and Columbia Gorge Real Estate. The Gift House is still there, though all the others have moved on. Unfortunately I can’t read the signs for the second story offices.
I should have pointed out at the start of this series that you can view the full “Historic Resource Survey Form” at the Oregon State Parks website.
Here’s some of the history she provides for this building:
The Brosius Building was constructed by Dr. Frampton Brosius, a prominent physician in Hood River. Brosius came to Hood River in 1894 from Kennesaw, Nebraska with his wife, Sarah Emma Williams. He was the mayor of Hood River in 1902, president of the Commercial Club and Master of the Hood River Masonic Lodge No. 105. Brosius was also very active in other organizations such as the Odd Fellows Lodge, Woodmen of the Worlds Lodge and the American Medical Association. Dr. Dumble shared office space with Brosius in the building, along with other businesses. The Bon Ton Barber Shop was one of the original businesses in the building, occupying the store for more than 80 years. A 1909 Hood River newspaper reported an incident of a cleaning woman falling through the second floor skylight and getting stuck in the opening. The paper states the proprietor had to get the assistance of a hypnotist to calm the woman down enough to get her out. The Bon Ton also had bathing rooms in the rear of the shop. Other businesses in the building was Kresse Drug store, a grocery store and the office of the manager of the Electric and Gem Theater.