Mike Lansing with Young Sign Co. removes siding Monday from the former Lee's Furniture building at Fifth and Cherokee Streets. The siding is being removed following the building's purchase by local businessman John Peterson. Peterson said the siding covered up mostly glass windows. The brick building dates back to 1892.
The building, which at one time housed Ettenson's Dry Goods store, originally stood four stories in height. The fourth story was removed after a storm damaged the top of the building in 1938, according to information provided by Peterson.
Peterson has not yet announced his plans for the three-story building. The possibility of a boutique hotel was explored, but this is no longer being pursued.