A new (old) old face for downtown

NORWICH – After months of anticipation and curiosity, the question on the minds of Anna and Scott McLaughlin was finally answered when they saw what stood behind the aluminum sheeting that had covered the building for over 30 years.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, workers began to remove the aluminum sheeting that had been placed on the building decades ago. They revealed a brick facade that is in surprisingly good shape, three large windows, a row of mostly shattered smaller windows and part of a sculpted mural that stood at the top of the building.

“We were very excited to see what was underneath,” said store owner Anna McLaughlin. Anna said she and her husband Scott had no idea what to expect to find under the sheeting, which was already in place when Scott’s father purchased the building. Contractors assume the sheeting was put up around 1960. “We were very happy to see the condition that the building is in,” Anna said.

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