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A brief history of the Willock Building


See also, the 2-part Buchanan-Lyon comes to Columbia, 1917-1918

The Willock Building: "One of the most attractive halls in the state."

By Jim

The first mention found in the News of Campbellsville's Willock building appeared in late December 1908. At the time, said the paper, a newly consolidated company would occupy "the entire lower floor of the Jo Willock four (sic) story brick building now about completed." The two companies, the T.W. Buchanan Hardware Company, and the Lyon Buggy Company and Undertakers and Embalmers, henceforth would conduct both retail and wholesale trade under a unified (and considerably shorter) name, the Buchanan Lyon Co.

Early March 1909 found the paper announcing Buchanan-Lyon had just moved to their new digs, "the handsome new three story pressed brick building, conceded by all to be the most modern up-to-date and best equipped building for the purpose in Central Ky."

A six-day grand opening bash for Buchanan Lyon, originally planned for mid-March, was pushed back to early April. A News man visited Campbellsville to attend the big opening and had this to say about the wondrous new edifice:


"One of the most conspicuous buildings of the town is the brick block recently erected by Mr. Jo Willock, on the main business street. It is three full stories, the first occupied by the Buchanan Lyon Co., the second for theatrical and skating rink purposes, while the third is dedicated to Masonry and is one of the most attractive halls in the state."
When Mr. Willock died in 1933, his obituary noted that "For a number of years, he operated the Willock Opera House, which was the first theatre in this city, located on the second floor of the Willock building..."



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Another historic building coming back to life



2019-01-19 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Larry J. Smith, General Manager, The Big Dawg, FM 99.9 radio.
The Willock Building is located in the 100 block of Main Street in Campbellsville KY. This historic structure will be the home of two new businesses and residential space on two floors. The inset shows the building name, painted light on a dark background so the heritage - built in 1908 - stands out. Campbellsville's downtown is creating a "Wow" factor here in Central Kentucky from fine BBQ to radio station, you'll love our Main Street. - LS

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