In its continued effort to honor Danville’s heritage and architecture, the town has recently awarded historic plaques to two locations in the downtown area, officially designating them as historic town resources.
Over the past several weeks, the Meenar Music Club, 349 Hartz Ave., formerly known as McDonald’s Drug Store, and the Jolie Salon & Spa, 551 Hartz Ave., once known as the Cabral House, have both received the honors of becoming Danville’s 22nd and 23rd historic town sites respectively.
The Danville plaque program is designed to call attention to Danville’s rich history and provide residents with a sense of the historic significance of these sites, town principal planner David Crompton said in a statement.
Built in the 1930s, the Cabral House features a distinct depression-style eclectic bungalow/craftsman architecture that was popular during the time. A private residence until 2002, today the structure is home to office space and a spa business.
Previously McDonald’s Drug Store, Meenar Music Club is a nightclub that provides its patrons with live music six nights a week. In the town’s heritage resource design guidelines, the property was singled out as a potential historic resource due to its Spanish Eclectic Revival style popularized in the early 20th century.
As one of the few brick buildings remaining in Danville, the building showcases the town’s rich Spanish heritage, in this case highlighted by the buildings use of red tile roofs and round-arched openings.
In total, 21 other buildings and one tree have received an historic plaque, which are issued by the Town Council and Heritage Resource Commission. Town heritage resources can be identified by the oval brass plaque mounted at each respective site.
Prior to these most recent recognitions, the previous historic structure to be issued a plaque was the First Presbyterian Church of Danville, 201 Front St., which is currently used as the Town Meeting Hall.