On May 3rd, 2019 stop by Magpie Designs and get 10% off storewide. Then afterwards join the Gillette Historic Preservation Commission for their Annual Historic Bender, registration starts at 5pm at the Frontier Auto Museum.
The Magpie Designs building at 219 S. Gillette Avenue in Gillette, Wyoming may be one of the city’s oldest remaining buildings. The front section of the building was constructed in 1898 as Gillette’s first permanent city hall building. The city hall in these early years acted as a community center for the young city then located in Crook County. Plays, traveling shows, dances, boxing matches, meetings, photo exhibits, church services, and political rallies were all held in the building. A 14-foot by 24-foot, three-room jail was added to the back of the building in 1911 at the cost of $990. Further additions to the city hall later joined the 1898 front with the 1911 jail. This building served as Gillette’s city hall until a new building was constructed up the street in 1936 A new brick façade and new roofline were built in the mid-1950s that gave the building the appearance it has today.
Since the city’s departure, this building has hosted various businesses including Cates Quick Lunch, Probst Shoe and Saddle Shop (later just known as The Boot and Saddle Shop), Wyoming Art and Frame, and Country Elegance. Tara Stoneking has had her home décor store Magpie Designs at this location since 2015.