Powhatan Baird built this three story brick building in 1868.
1864 Baird was operating his grocery business from the old Baird Hotel building at the corner of Georgia and Third Street. He bought out the interests in the hotel from the other heirs of his father Thomas Baird’s estate in 1868, as well as the additional lot which stretched from the hotel to the alley on Georgia street. In that same year he builds 216 Georgia which adjoins the Baird Hotel property and moves his store into the new building.1
1877 he retires and rents 216 Georgia to the Wald Bros. 1
1 The Louisiana Press . 1916. “His Life Work Done,” April 6, 1916.