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Gem Stones

Peeling back the siding of an old building begins to show its past Tuesday in downtown Twin Falls.

DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS

Last week, the Hidden History column featured the Twin Falls School District’s building that houses its support services programs, such as special education and the gifted-and-talented program.

The building’s owner, Sid Lezamiz, is re-roofing the building, and has removed some of the 1970s facade, revealing an old sign that stretches across the front of the building. The sign reads “LAPIDARY” and “GEM STONES” but the name of the store is not apparent.

Lezamiz told the Times-News he knew Spencer’s Office Supply owned the building at Main Avenue and Fairfield Street West for more than 20 years, but was unaware a previous owner ran a lapidary shop in the building.

Apparently, some readers mistook the “D” in “lapidary” for an “O” in the photo, and asked what “LAPIOARY” means. Lapidary, by the way, is the craft of engraving, cutting or polishing gems and stones.

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Other readers wrote in to identify the store as Moon’s Rock Shop, which moved to the northwest corner of Addison Avenue and Washington Street when Spencer’s Office Supply moved into the building on Main.

Prior to housing the lapidary shop, the brick structure — built by contractor Edgar Moon — housed Moon’s Paint and Glass from 1918 to 1971, according to the National Register of Historic Places. The register says Spencer’s Stationery occupied the building from 1978 to 1991.

Mychel Matthews reports on agriculture and rural issues for the Times-News. The Hidden History feature runs every Thursday in the Times-News and on Magicvalley.com. If you have a question about something that may have historical significance, email Matthews at mmatthews@magicvalley.com.

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