Public Square Timeline
A timeline of significant dates in Public Square's history.
For a narrative of the square's history, see Public Square History.
1800 - First settlements in Watertown
built on what is square's west side.
1805 - Public Square
1815 - John Paddock
built square's first masonry building.
1825 - Harris House
1827 - American House
1838 - First Baptist Church
1843 - Streeter Block
1846 - First Baptist Church
burns down, church rebuilt.
1848 - Norris Woodruff's
first Iron Block built.
1849 - Fire
destroys much of square.
1849 - Depression in center of square filled in.
1850 - Iron Block
1850 - Paddock Building
1850 - Paddock Arcade
1850 - American Building
1850 - Universalist Church
1851 - Woodruff House
1853 - Washington Hall
1853 - Railroad station built behind Woodruff House
1853 - Gas lines and lamps installed.
1853 - Public Square Parks created.
1855 - First fountain
1855 - Telegraph office opens in Arcade
1857 - Abolitionist Frederick Douglass speaks at Washington Hall
1860 - Hibbard and Cahill blocks built.
1870 - Current fountain
1870 - Buck Building
created from three smaller buildings.
1870 - Five building block on square's north side built.
1871 - Doolittle and Hall Block
1872 - FW Woolworth
takes job at Smith and Moore's store in American Building
1872 - Taggart Building
1872 - Ulysses S. Grant speaks from Woodruff House
1879 - Telephone lines installed.
1888 - Soldier and Sailor's Monument
1895 - Smith (later Mohican) Building
1896 - First Baptist church
torn down and rebuilt.
1896 - Public Square first paved.
1900 - Benadio Building built.
1906 - Harris House
1906 - Franklin Building
1907 - Universalist Church
1907 - LeRay Hotel
(later Electric Building) built.
1907 - Wonderland Theater
opens in LeRay Hotel
1908 - Doolittle and Hall Block
remodeled into Lincoln Building
1911 - Washington Hall
1913 - YMCA
1913 - Streeter Block
remodeled, renamed JB Wise Block.
1913 - Victoria Theater
openes in JB Wise Block
1919 - American Building
1919 - One half of Paddock Building
1920 - Woodruff House
expands, renamed Hotel Woodruff.
1921 - Woolworth Building
1922 - Taggart Building
1924 - Commerce Building
1945 - VE Day celebrated on Public Square
1953 - Little Trees
car freshners invented in Electric Building
1953 - Islands in center of square combined into one park.
1958 - JB Wise Block
1959 - Fountain
1960 - Fountain
1964 - Mohican Building
1965 - Railyard and depot behind Hotel Woodruff
1965 - JB Wise Parking Lot
1966 - Strauss Electric Building burns down.
1971 - Woolworth's Department Store moves to Arsenal Street
1974 - Hotel Woodruff
1976 - Hotel Woodruff
1982 - Electric Building
1984 - Public Square listed on National Register of Historic Places
1991 - Henry Keep Apartments built.
1996 - Woodruff Professional Building built.
2002 - Fountain
2005 - Three buildings in Iron Block
2006 - Streetscape Renovation Project
2008 - Fountain
2008 - Streetscape Project
2011 - J.B. Wise Project
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