This drug store has been in operation since 1896. Its present appearance is very different from the original.

To start, the building was completely brick and now is covered in white stucco. The simple parapet across the top used to be triangular and supported by ornate brackets.

The second story windows are original but used to be under intricate molded cornices. The sign across the front of the building used to read “Central Drugstore” and set well above the large awning. If you look to the elevation facing Cypress Street you’ll see small windows several feet in the air. This design feature is original.

The neon sign on the corner is historic although not original to the building. Central Rexall Drugs is one of Hammond’s oldest buildings. The same family has owned it for three generations.