featured Photos: Downtown Mason City before demolition for Southbridge Mall Sep 30, 2016 4 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye S. Federal Avenue Photo courtesy Steve Rye Tags Sweeps As featured on North Iowa's 50 favorite photo galleries in 2017 +5 Sale looms over Mason City mall in 2019 if owner doesn't pay more than $144K in taxes MASON CITY | The owner of Southbridge Mall now owes more than $300,000 in property taxes, ac… +3 Younkers' return could focus on online rather than storefront; Mason City spot remains closed (with photos) MASON CITY | In a whiplash-inducing turn of events, Younkers has announced it's making a return. 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The Golden Rule for clothes & boots, the Strand Theater as a kid for matinee movies, Harry's Sweet Shop for also as a kid for "El Toro" sodas & later on in life the City Tavern for nerve tonic. The Coney Island was across the street & also had nerve tonic & coney dogs. I believe Harry's Military Surplus was also on the west side of this block as well as Sam Raizes Clothing Store on the east side, along with Tony's Pizza & it seems like there was a shoe store in there too. The area shown was not as bad as these pics show before they were condemned. These were after they were abandoned. Hind sight is 20/20 but the Mall, or at least it's location was a mistake in my opinion. Report Add Reply twforiowa Sep 30, 2016 8:32pm Agree totally Proletariet!! Report Add Reply suomisid Oct 1, 2016 9:09am Right! The mall was Ken Kews monument to stupidity. Of course, Mason City has always liked to tear down perfectly good buildings. Report Add Reply oldcargeek Mar 31, 2017 1:42am I'm a person who calls Mason City home, and plan to stay here for the rest of my years. I grew up in the young West, then moved to Mason City when I was 15. There is more history here in the Midwest than there is out on the left-coast. Things are older here, established for a longer period of time. From the historical-photos I've seen, it appears Mason City used to have a really cool (almost castle-like) court-house. It's a bit sad that thing got torn down. There is an attitude of people that just seems to prefer tearing down and building new, but the way they built things back 100 yrs ago was with pride & artistic-craftsmanship. I don't know if building-materials were cheap, and labor was plentiful back then, or what... but we sure don't take the time & effort to build things with the attention-to-detail that they did years ago. Today's buildings are more energy-efficient, but old ones can be retro-fitted to be so, as well. I think it's worth the effort required to do so in some cases. In Europe, they have UNESCO which has preserved & documented a list of world-heritage-sites. Granted, they have a lot older history than we do here in Iowa, but we could start preserving our heritage right here in River City (beyond just the 60 yr old Music-Man stuff, etc). I'm really glad we've preserved the Frank-Lloyd-Wright buildings around here. Totally worth it. I wasn't around when the decision to build the Southbridge Mall was made, but it happened, and we've got to deal with it today in 2017. I can see that creative-efforts are being attempted to find uses for the empty-spaces in the mall. It's not easy, though. When I moved here as a teenager, I was SO ecstatic to live in a place that had a mall (I came from a town of 2,000 people roughly). The Southbridge Mall was thriving back then, but with online outlets for folks to buy things today, malls are not what they used to be. Times have changed. This is a complicated problem, and not one unique to our community. We've got to get creative here & put our heads together. I only wish I had some effective solutions to offer, but there's no simple answer. We can learn from history though, and think twice before tearing down perfectly-good historic buildings in the future just to replace them with the thing that is the latest fad. I've got a really neat old house on an acreage (made out of historical Mason City Clay Brick from which our town's namesake stems from). The house is in poor-shape, and needs everything. I've been told (by more than one person) to just bulldoze the place, and build new. That might be the short-term solution, but I just can't bring myself to do that. There is just WAY too much character in the old house to tear it down. It's not common... it's extremely unique among Iowa farm-houses (most of which are stick-built wooden models). I'm reminded of the song by Malvena Reynolds called "Little Boxes". One of the lyrics goes "and they're all made outta tickey-tackey, and they all look just the same". It may cost me a bit more in the end, but I seriously doubt salvaging my old brick farmhouse, versus replacing it with a modern, soul-less building will be looked upon as a mistake when I come to the end of my life, or by people in future generations long after I'm gone. Report Add Reply Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. 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