The Royal Block sees new owners, lots of history, bright future
Joe Roberts and Tiina Jaatinen are committed to uncovering, sharing the Main Street building's history
March 4, 2021
WAITSBURG-218 Main Street has contributed its fair share to Waitsburg's history. Built in 1888 by G.W Loundagin, the Royal Block has housed many businesses including a hotel, multiple pharmacies, apartments, restaurants, a craft store. According to a souvenir booklet printed by the Oregonian in 1904, the building was known as the Loundagin Block & Hotel Royal. In 1977, Sid's Pharmacy, Treasures in Tole, and 'apartments' were listed on a Historical Registration application that encompassed the entire Main Street.
In 2020, Tiina Jaatinen and Joe Roberts purchased the historical building,...