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Renovation of 114-year-old downtown Nacogdoches building reveals a bygone era

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This downtown Nacogdoches building owned and occupied by Richard Fischer is under renovation. (Source: KTRE Staff) This downtown Nacogdoches building owned and occupied by Richard Fischer is under renovation. (Source: KTRE Staff)
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Workers chip away at the old stucco that's covered the original brick since 1900. (Source: KTRE Staff) Workers chip away at the old stucco that's covered the original brick since 1900. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The building once housed a Montgomery Ward department store. (Source: KTRE Staff) The building once housed a Montgomery Ward department store. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

A Nacogdoches attorney has two interesting influences for renovating a downtown building he's owned and occupied for years.

“I thought about that for ten years and finally I decided to do it,” said attorney Richard Fischer, the building's owner and occupant.

Chipping away at Fischer's procrastination was the reminder he got each morning when he arrived to work. He wasn't keeping up with the neighbors.

“The heart of Texas has looked so good for so long that it made me look bad,” Fischer said. Then the next door neighbor started making that pretty. That made me look really bad, so I guess I just cracked."

Cracks of a different kind are now uncovered. They are timelines of a 114-year-old building representing an era gone by.

Architect Charles Phillips doesn't know the original use of the former Weems building, but hand-painted lettering confirmed that Montgomery Wards department store occupied the space, beginning in 1917.

“The first time I had any idea that there was a Monkey Wards store there was yesterday,” Fischer said.

Fischer plans to renovate the building's interior too. His architect knows why.

“The real impetus was that Richard's daughter is coming to join him in practice and she says, ‘I'm not going to do it in that building,'” Phillips said.

So a woman's touch?

“A woman's touch triggered the improvement,” Phillips said.

This attorney isn't arguing the fact that giving in to something good comes with benefits.

Now that the renovation is underway, Fischer is anxious to see it completed. He's wanting the project finished before the projected completion time of nine months.

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