Prattville Mercantile Building

c. 1855
176 West Main Street

Built in 1855 by Daniel Pratt, this building served as the company store or commissary for many years and provided offices for his businesses. This and the two eastward buildings survived the 1900 fire, which destroyed most of downtown Prattville. (That fire of March 19, 1900 was said to be the work of an incendiary. Twenty-one businesses were destroyed with $64,000 in damage.) The first bank in the area was located in the back of this building. First floor bays replaced c. 1900 by iron-and-glass commercial front; this in turn, replaced c. 1960. Upper floor is largely unaltered. Architecturally one of the most significant antebellum commercial structures surviving in central Alabama.