Broadway End-to-End

I was trading some messages with Nicolette Brennan from the City of Cape about a picture of Broadway for a project she’s working on. That got me to thinking about how many Broadway stories I’ve done. I’ve documented the street from the river’s edge to the old Colonial Tavern on the west end. Click on the photos to make them larger and click on the links to go to the original story.

So many teens were dancing at the old Teen Age Club at Themis and Spanish that the floor was bouncing and a city inspector shut ’em down. They moved the dance to the bank parking lot at the corner of Main and Broadway.

Crash at the Colonial Tavern

The Colonial Tavern was my dad’s morning coffee stop where everybody would gather to hash over the previous night’s Cardinal game. A sports car picked this night to plow into the building that was at the west end of Broadway.

The park that got away

A three-acre tract of land on the south side of Broadway east of Hwy 61 was donated by the Doggett family with the understanding that the the land would be developed into a park similar to Dennis Scivally Park on Cape Rock Drive.

The family felt that the tract hadn’t been improved in the past 10 years, so they filed a suit to reclaim the land. A granite marker with the name “Doggett Park” next to the Masonic Temple parking lot is all that remains of the park.

Crash at Broadway and Fountain

Sometimes what you think is going to be an inconsequential story resonates with readers. Fred Kaefpfer, who was directing traffic at this crash at the corner of Broadway and Fountain, turned out to be Cape’s singing policeman. It became one of the most-commented stories of the early blog. The Idan-Ha Hotel shows up in the background of the photo.

Idan-Ha Hotel burns

The Idan-Ha Hotel, which had caught fire in 1968, caught fire again in 1989.

Star Service Station – Cigarettes 25 cents a pack

The Star Service station at the corner of Broadway and Frederick gave stamps with your gas. Ninety stamps would get you $1.50 worth of free gas.

Annie Laurie’s used to be Brinkopf-Howell’s

Niece Laurie Everett’s Annie Laurie’s Antiques, across the street from the Star Service Station used to be a funeral home. It’s the top-rated antique shop in Cape County now. Shivelbines Music, across the street, got a new sign in November.

Bob’s Shoe Service

Bob Fuller’s Bob’s Shoe Service was where I stocked up on Red Wing boots, the ideal footwear for a photographer. They’d shine up acceptably for formal wear (at least as formal as I ever got), but you could wade water and walk on fire with no worries.

507-515 Broadway

The 500 block of Broadway has had an interesting past.

Discovery Playhouse – Walthers’s Furniture

I was glad to see some life around the old Walther’s Furniture Store and Funeral Home. The Discovery Playhouse has become popular in a short period of time. Here is was before it opened.

Lutheran Mural Building razed

When I shot the Discovery Playhouse, I had no idea that the landmark building across the street was going to be torn down within a couple of years. It was best known for the huge blue mural on its side.

Rialto Theater roof collapses

A rainstorm caused the roof of the old Rialto Theater to collapse in 2010. This story contains a bunch of links, including one that tells how I met Wife Lila there when she was working as a cashier. This picture is of the 1964 Homecoming Parade.

Broadway Theater is still impressive

I managed to talk my way into the Broadway Theater on a cold December day. It still has the feel of the premier theater of the city.

What’s going to happen to the Esquire?

When I did this story in October 2011, it looked like the Esquire Theater was going to get new life. A new owner had an ambitious plan to renovate it. The latest stories in The Missourian make it sound like the project is unraveling.

Here’s a piece I did about its art deco history. In September 1965, I used infrared flash and film to capture kids watching The Beatles movie Help! It was the first (and only) time I used that technique.

Pladium / D’Ladiums – it’s still the same

I wasn’t a pool player, but those who were spent their time in the Pladium (now D’Ladiums) across from Houck Stadium or the Pla-Mor, next to Wayne’s Grill and the Esquire. The Beav still rules the roost at D’Ladiums.

Vandeven’s Merchantile

Howard’s Athletic Goods and a handful of other businesses have moved into the building at the corner of Broadway and Pacific over the years, but it’ll always be Vandeven’s Merchantile to me.

It dawns on me that I have even more photographs along Broadway – way too many to inflict on you in one shot. I’ll hold off putting up the rest of them until another day. Don’t forget to click on the links to see the original stories.


Shivelbines Sign is Back (and Better)

I posted some photos Wednesday morning of something missing on Broadway: the Shivelbines Music sign. By 9:55 a.m., Scott Shivelbine put us all at ease with this comment:

Hello from Shivelbine’s Music! Good news for our sign, it might go back up today, 11/16 if not too windy. The sign has been completely rebuilt. All new display panels, electical and rotation motor. It will have a new look as well. My brothers, Mike and Greg, as well as my cousin, Bill, could not believe the attention having the sign down has brought from the community. The original sign went up in 1969,when we bought/moved in this building. Magnavox paid for 50% of the sign cost.

Thanks to all for supporting our music store since 1949…

[There are some interesting comments on the earlier story. If you go back to it, press Ctrl-F5; that’ll make sure you have all of the fresh content. You can click on any of these photos to make them larger.]

Laurie Evertt to the rescue

I was just getting ready to order a couple calzones from Mario’s Pasta House to take over to John and Dee Perry’s house when Niece Laurie Everett of Annie Laurie’s fame called to say that there was a big crane out in front and the Shivelbines sign was being erected.

I got there as quickly as I could, figured Broadway would be blocked off, ducked down Themis and slid into the parking lot across from the Discovery Playhouse. I had on a wool vest, but realized after two steps that a full-blown jacket was called for. I’m a weather wimp.

Hoofing it to the front of the store, I was muttering about the timing: couldn’t they have done this before dark o’thirty? As it turned out, I had a window of about 15 minutes where there was enough light on the building to be not so bad, the white letters on the black sign popped out, and the light from the windows was neat.

Are you going to turn it on?

I asked one of the workers if they were going to finish the job and get it turned on? I was assured that it should be lit up and turning in a couple of hours or less. That worked with my schedule. I phoned in my calzone order, then went over to John and Dee’s to show Dee how to operate her new film scanner. She wants to digitize a whole stack of Kodak slide trays full of pictures John shot all the way back to when he was in Vietnam.

No trouble seeing the new sign

Dee was a quick study, the calzone vanished quickly and it was time to see if the sign guys had kept to their plan. There was no trouble spotting the sign from several blocks away. The vertical sign rotates and the horizontal “Music” part below it turns slightly faster.

Turning sign illuminates building

As the sign turns, it illuminates parts of the building. The windows pick up neat reflections of the letters. It’s a good thing the second and third floors aren’t bedroom apartments. That light would take some getting used to.

Vote of confidence in Broadway

It’s encouraging to see a long-time Broadway business invest in sprucing up its property. Maybe that’s a positive sign that new life may be coming to the street.

I know that I promised a story about a building down the block from here that’s facing the wrecking ball, but it’s coming. This is as close to breaking news as I get these days. (We were driving down Broadway the night before and Mother said, “Look there are flashing lights up there.”

“There’s a day when I would have cared,” I told her, turning off on a side street to avoid them. She doesn’t know how much I don’t miss those days.



Where’s Shivelbines’ Sign?

Two Broadway locations appeared on my radar screen this morning: a Facebook post that asked what had happened to Shivelbines’ sign and a Missourian story that said a landmark building containing a huge Lutheran Church mural was going to be torn down. I ran into an interesting guy while tracking down the second lead, so I’m going to hold it for a day or so until I can do it justice.

When I first read the Shivelbines’ question, I thought the person might have been referring to the mural on the west side of the building. THAT would be unusual to lose two murals in the same block at nearly the same time.

Blue Mural the one in danger

The blue mural down the block past Bob’s Shoe Service is the one that is likely to be torn down. Notice anything missing on the front of Shivelbines?

Night photo of Shivelbines

This photo taken at night with the light trails of passing cars in it may help you pick out the missing sign.

Now you see it

The night photos were taken on Oct. 23, 2009, the same evening I shot a contemporary version of Central High School’s 1965 Alma Mater picture, a time exposure of Southeast Hospital and the Wimpy’s intersection.

Now you don’t

The different-colored brick right above the 535 address is where the sign had been.

Not to worry, though. It’s coming back.

There was a note on the Shivelbine’s Facebook page that said, “We’ve had some people asking about our sign. It was damaged during a storm in the spring and is now being repaired! We’re hoping to see it up again soon!”