To give you an idea of where you are in this photo, the strip of buildings on the right foreground is the area where Rain the Salon is now. The crossing streets are Catalpa and North 4th. You can see the Palace, the ONB building, the Bernhardt Building and even the Paramount! At the far … Continue reading Downtown View of DeSiard Street in 1959
https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A353 The photo in the link above, shows the back of the buildings on the 100 block of South Grand during the 1927 flood. You can see the Trousdale and Wright building (130 South Grand), the Ouachita National Bank building and A. Keller & Son Bicycles. You can tell the water is high and can … Continue reading 1927 Flood Picture
This shows the 300 block of DeSiard Street, looking west towards the river. The first building on the left was T. John, which was a clothing store. It was located at 328 DeSiard. Of course, the prominent buildings in the shot are the Theater on the right and the Ouachita National Bank Building on the … Continue reading DeSiard Street Circa 1926
30 May 1922 News-Star
I found this copy of a drawing of the old Ouachita National Bank and Central Bank & Trust building, stuck in a ratty binder down in south Louisiana this weekend. I think this was one of the most beautiful buildings in Monroe when it stood on South Grand! This, however, doesn't compare with what else … Continue reading Drawing of the old ONB/Central Bank Building
Vantage did a great history on the building they now occupy on DeSiard Street! Many long time residents remember it as the Ouachita National Bank. https://youtu.be/bgxy9CKrHc4
The below page comes from a magazine called "Monroe "Life"", published around 1925. It shows a photo of the interior of the Lotus Club, which is still operating at the top of the ONB building, known today as the Vantage building. The history written with the photo is quite interesting!
This was taken from the News-Star building in 1927 by Griffin. At the time, this street was known as 2nd Street, but is now known as Art Alley. Most prominent in the shot is the construction of the Bernhardt building, now known as 141 Lofts. You can see the Palace Department store on DeSiard, known … Continue reading Art Alley in 1927