The Porter Block Building is one of our favorites on Historic 25th Street, as much as we avoid picking favorites. The architecture is beautiful and the building has been so well maintained. Originally built in 1898, with Victorian features and a stamped metal front, the building has been home to several businesses over the years: a confectionary, a tailor shop, and a revolving door of saloons and cafes.
An interesting tidbit about the preservation of this building, back in the 1970s a local dentist, Charles Edwards, purchased the building. Charles was a cousin of building official Allen Robert who was on a major pursuit to preserve and restore the buildings on 2-5 drive.
“Thanks to an old photo, Roberts recognized that the original facade [had been replaced by glossy black tile]. ‘I have been to every city and town in Utah,’ says Roberts, ‘and I know most of Utah’s historic buildings. There happened to be a similar, intact Mesker Brother’s facade in Panguitch.’”
Together, Edwards and Roberts made casts of the Panguitch storefront to use for replacing the Porter Block facade and returned the building to its early 1900s appearance.
~25th Street Confidential, “Ogden Renaissance”
The history and storied transition of two-bit street to what it is today is well worth diving into. Val Holley’s 25th Street Confidential has a wealth of information and stories that will quite honestly have you laughing out loud. Pick up a copy at The Queen Bee and other local retailers to read more about the Porter Blocks transition…
The building is home now to H25’s infamous City Club, celebrating 20 years, the longest run for any one business in this space!
A couple fun facts about The City Club:
Two Five Drive: a free service for City Club customers! Drink too much? Don’t drive! Two Five Drive will get you home. Pick up and drop off service available. FREE
Still Buying Beatles Memorabilia: You might think a bar full of Beatles history would be “done” but these guys are always and forever on the hunt! If you’ve got something in the attic, they’ll pay fair market value.
Beatles Burgers: City Club features burgers named for…what else? The Beatles! Try the PB&John, Yolk-O, Cry Baby Cry, For You Blue and of course Ringo.