The Evans Co-op Block, fondly referred to as the Co-op, has been the heart of Malad since the first phase of the building was constructed in 1893. Phase One was L-shaped with entrances from Bannock and Main Streets. In 1908, the "Flat-Iron" section at the Southeast point of the property was added and was home to Ireland Bank, as well as part of the enlarged department store. The 127-year-old building remains the focal point and the heart of of downtown Malad City.
The City of Malad purchased the Co-op building from the Evans family in 2019 with plans to restore and use the building for City offices. Phase One of restoration is dedicated to the exterior, restoring architectural detail, cleaning, painting and sealing the brick, and will cost about $150,000.
The goal is to have Phase One in full swing this year. We need help! If you have Downtown Malad Memories, we hope you will pitch in. We believe our support base is broad and deep. After all, Malad is our Hometown!
The Malad City Co-op Committee has declared an "Operation Co-op!-eration" fundraising campaign to begin on February 13, 2020, with February as "We Love Our Co-op Month". Everyone is invited to contribute to the Co-op Fund with any donation, great or small.
All donors will have their names listed in the "Malad, Our Hometown" book, which will be kept in the building on display. You will be able to see your name in the Book when you come to admire the restored building in future years. In addition, $100 donors will be identified on the "$100 Club" plaque. Donors who are able to contribute $1,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent wall inside the building in future years. Please be generous and share this link with everyone you know who has Malad Roots! Let's see what we can do together!