This early view of the northeast corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue shows Parley Sheldon’s Story County Bank (later Iowa Electric Light and Power Office) with Ames Pantorium below. The awning at the left of the bank reads Post Office. Over the post office is the real estate and insurance office of the Carl L. Little Company. Above the bank are the offices of lawyers McCarthy & Lee. At the right with the light colored awning is the Bradley & White Grocery.
The Story County Bank building as drawn by artist for January 3, 1893 issue of the Ames Evening Times. The structure was built in 1891 at cost of $11,000. It was built for George W. Douglass, a Cedar Rapids manufacturer and friend of John I. Blair. Blair named one of the town's original streets after Douglass. The street name was spelled Douglass until 1923, when new street signs incorrectly used Douglas.