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{From the 2023 Holiday Magazine}

Written By Charlie Kuenzel  |  Photos Courtesy of the George S. Bolster Collection

Congress Spring 1880

In the 1800s Congress Spring was a long structure with the spring located near Broadway but had covered shops and sitting areas that went to the east down East Congress Street. This image shows the interior with many visitors enjoying the famed waters of the Congress Spring.

Congress Hall Courtyard 

The Congress Hall was located on the east side of Broadway between Spring Street and East Congress Street. This is a view of the courtyard of the third largest hotel in the city at that time. The courtyard was located down Spring Street behind the hotel. Congress Hall was razed in 1911-12 and becomes the site in Congress Park of the Spirit of Life that is seen there today.

Congress Theater 1946

The Congress Theater was one of a few movie theaters in the city and was located near the northeast corner of Broadway and Spring Street. The theater closed years later and became a Chinese restaurant, and then evolved into retail space as it is today.