In 1926, Dr.
A. E. McCormack and the Ackman Brothers were touted as being "a group of
farsighted business and professional men,..." for their decision to build
The Professional Building. The plan was to place retail stores on the
first floor and reserve the balance of the 38,000 square feet for professional offices
and civic organizations.
the plans for the eight story Professional Building included 3 additional
floors. However, lack of tenant interest forced them to abandon that part
of the plan. "The tower wasn't big enough for their club, " said
William Stickling, one time owner of The Professional Building. He went on
to say, "for a Roaring Prohibition club, they needed a big place to throw
parties and enormous bathtubs".