Not all of the changes to downtown were by choice. Both human error and mother nature altered downtown’s landscape. Blizzards, floods, storms, and fires have damaged and destroyed a number of buildings.
The federal program known as Urban Renewal forever changed the landscape of downtown Sioux Falls. Many historic buildings and businesses were demolished in favor of bringing in new structures. To stir interest in downtown, the city created a short-lived pedestrian mall on Phillips Avenue.
Many of Sioux Falls’ iconic buildings were built at the intersections in downtown. While many have been demolished, a few remain in some shape or form. These buildings had a variety of shops, banks, and other occupants.
Fantle’s was an iconic department store in downtown Sioux Falls. Beginning in 1896, the store was originally located on Phillips Avenue. When the business continued to grew, the store relocated off the corner of 9th and Main.
Weatherwax’s began on Phillips Avenue as a men’s clothing store in 1909. They were known in the area for their fashionable yet affordable suits.