I found a picture of the east side block on North Grand Avenue, ca. 1900, and decided to split it in half. Today's 'then and now' shots show the seven windows on the second floor of the buildings that encompassed the Bell Opera House. At street-level, over a hundred years ago, there was a bowling alley and the staircase was open up to the second floor.
In the modern-day picture, Maria's School of Dance takes up the south half of the building, covering the staircase, and Olden Days is in the north portion.
Tomorrow's pictures will show a bit further north of these buildings.