Where was the Wells Building in Quincy?

The Wells building on the southwest corner of Fifth in Maine is seen in this 1910 photo. Built in 1857, the building was demolished in 1941. | Photo courtesy of the Quincy Public Library
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 8, 2019 9:55 am

I have an article about the Sturhahn clock, and in it says the Wells Building was at Fifth and Broadway, but in a couple of places it says it is at Fifth and Maine on the southwest corner. Which is correct, and what was the building used for?

The Wells Building was at the southwest corner of Fifth and Maine, which is now home to Mercantile Bank.

In a 2001 article for The Herald-Whig, Quincy historian Carl Landrum said the Wells Building was once the largest office building in Quincy. The four-story building was built in 1857 by Newton Flagg and Charles A. Savage.

Flagg came to Quincy from Hartford, Conn., and entered a partnership with Savage, a Maine native, to form the Flagg and Savage banking house.

The banking house closed in 1860, and the building was rented to various tenants until local businessman Edward Wells bought the building.

The building was remodeled in 1893 with an addition on the Fifth Street side. Bay windows were installed in 1896, and more work was completed in 1923.

The Wells family owned the building until the 1920s when it was bought by J.W. Gardner. It was later bought by State Savings Loan and Trust Co. before the Central Illinois Public Service Co. bought the property in the 1920s with plans to build a four-story headquarters. Construction was set to start in 1931, but it never moved forward.

The building was demolished in 1941. The lot was used for parking until 1953, when Mercantile Bank bought the lot and later built its new bank building. It previously was housed in the Dodd Building on the northeast corner of Fifth and Maine.

What is being built next to Buffalo Wild Wings?

McAlister's Deli is building a restaurant in the Prairie Trail Shopping Center.

Last summer, plans were filed with the city for a 3,300-square-foot building with seating for 100, an outdoor eating area and a parking lot with 53 parking slots.

McAlister's, which opened its first restaurant in 1989 in Oxford, Miss., has more than 400 restaurants in 28 states.

It offers sandwiches, salads, soups, spuds and desserts.

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