506 E. Adams (1966)


The downtown Osco closed its doors July 12, 2006. The store was part of a large purchase of 700 Osco drugstores by CVS and market saturation between existing CVS and Osco stores has made the Plaza location expendable.

Osco Drug on the Plaza - as it looked right before closing in 2006The original downtown Osco Drugs - 512 E. Monroe  (1965)1953 view of the South side of the Public Square1966 view of the South side of the Public SquareOctober 11, 1967 - Osco Grand Opening1976 Illinois Times article on the facade hiding the original building.

From the SJ-R article by Lisa Kernek:
Osco Drug opened at 521 E. Monroe St. in 1953, according to the archives in the Lincoln Library Sangamon Valley Collection. The store moved to Adams Street – into what previously had been a Montgomery Ward and a former shoe store – in 1967, the archives showed.

The first building at this address dates back to 1860 and was occupied by Pease Hardware. It was rebuilt or remodeled in 1886 for Hudson & House, then drastically altered again in 1934 for Montgomery Ward. Other businesses that have set up shop between 506 and 510 E. Adams include J.L. Hudson Hardware, The Miller-Wohl Co., Kimber and Ragsdale Dry Goods, A.H. Fisher’s Music Shop, and Reisch & Thoma Dry Goods.

Mongomery Ward moved out in 1966 and the building was remodeled and refaced for Osco Drug in 1967 by Scott Wallace and Associates of Lafayette, Indiana at a cost of $70,000.

* All archive photos courtesy of the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library.

**This article was originally posted July 1, 2006. Here are the comments from the original post…

  • In reminiscing I remember that on the N W corner of 5th and Monroe. there was a Claypool’s Drug store for many years.
    My mother worked there during World War l and Bill Claypool the owners son was in grade school and high school with my brother. I am not sure just when it was sold. Also across the street was the old Tivioli theater. I am anxiously waiting your new additions to the web site, for my further trip down memory lane. I live in a retirement home and there are several Springfield natives living here. I have printed many of the pictures to share with them and I plan to make a booklet so the others who have moved to this area can share with us. when we talk about the “Good Old Days”. Thanks again for all the work you have done. I am sure it must be very exhausting to do all the work necessary on this sight.
    Betty alias Heidicat
    Comment by HEIDICAT — July 1, 2006 @ 5:10 pm
  • Well this is an interesting looking store. Too bad Osco has sold their free standing stores. Otherwise that nice marque will still be up. That not like anything I’ve ever seen on an Osco.
    Comment by Levois — July 5, 2006 @ 5:22 pm
  • First, this is a great site — thanks for bringing it to us. My memories are not so long ago, or so I think, but they are fond of downtown Spfld. I will limit my comments to Osco’s. I worked at Schaughnessy Jewelry, which moved from southtown in 1990 or 1991, across the street from the Renaissance Hotel. Osco was the only place downtown where you could get anything you needed: film for my camera; a Coke; anything seasonal, e.g., suntan lotion, flipflops, Christmas cards, ornamants, decorations; practically anything. This was helpful since I did not have a car and my lunch hour was also errand time. The employees were always helpful and friendly to the point I would hang out, flipping through magazines, just to have a nice place to be. Thanks Osco for the help and memories.
    Comment by jwalker — July 6, 2006 @ 5:40 am
  • Russ -Excellent job on the site! Really like the on screen display of the side column pictures. Did not realize that the capital plaza was not always there.
    Comment by shoo — July 6, 2006 @ 4:15 pm
  • Osco’s on Adams has always been so much a part of my life, I even have dreams about it. First, as a young child, my grandma would take me there while out running errands. Later, after they closed Adams to traffic, a bunch of my friends and I would hang out on the square (it was called “the mall”). There was always some reason to go to Osco’s. Then, when I got my first downtown job in 1974, I spent many a lunch hour in Osco’s.Russ, you’ve done a fantastic job on the site. I absolutely love it. The photo sidebar is very cool. I hope the archives aren’t gone for good, though.
    Comment by Marie — July 6, 2006 @ 10:07 pm
  • Russ,
    Job well done! The new website looks great. Of course, I must register a minor complaint. When you click on the photos on the sidebar they come up in a window. For me, it took but a minute to notice that the BACK button was not the place to go to return to the sidebar screen, but rather to simply click on the “x” and close the picture window. Lesser mortals, however, may not be so patient….But otherwise, the new site is great, particularly the new one on E. Ash. While your new photos are great in pairing up with the older photos, the people that scan those older photos must REALLY be something…
    Great job!
    Comment by Keith — July 12, 2006 @ 1:11 am
  • Oops, I meant 1219 W. Ash, of course. Well done.
    Comment by Keith — July 12, 2006 @ 1:12 am
  • The site looks great Russ. You should be getting grant money for producing this kind of stuff.Dan
    Comment by Dan — July 17, 2006 @ 2:07 am
  • Russ, As always your site is a true jewel. I thank you for taking the time, spending the money, and putting forth the effort which makes this site the best.Osco’s what will downtown do without it? JP
    Comment by JeromeProphet — July 21, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

  • Russ, your work has not gone without notice. I have told everyone I know about your wonderful wite…continue the great work.
    Comment by Auctioneer — July 28, 2006 @ 4:30 am

1 Comment

  1. Mick:

    Isn’t this where the Mongtomery Ward store used to be in late 30′ and 40’s? My dad would haul my brother, me and mother down there on Saturday nights, park in front of Wards or Penny’s and just sit there! But then, everyone you knew would be shopping and stop at the car and talk to my parents. So my folks got to see everyone and visit in one night instead of running all over town. ‘Tain’t like it used to be that’s for sure.

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