The Curtis Johnson Insurance Agency, which handles policies for the Farmers Insurance Group, is moving into the past.
On May 1, the business will open in the historic building at 705 W. Main St., the former site for Wants & Wishes.
The building was constructed in 1915, the first in Payson to have electrical wiring inside the walls. The home was owned by Lena Chilson Hampton and includes a rare feature for Arizona, a 600-square-foot basement.
The interior of the home has beautiful hardwood floors in the two main rooms and Craftsman detailing throughout, including leaded glass shelving doors in the front and dining rooms, plus a pressed tin ceiling and original cabinetry in the kitchen.
Two desks will be in the front room. The dining room will be closed off and used as Johnson's office. The other rooms will be used for additional office and storage space, he said.
Johnson's Farmers Insurance office has been at 1100 N. Beeline Highway for five years.
"This agency is the original Farmers (agent) in Payson. It was opened in the late 1950s by Bob Caulkins," Johnson said.
Once the staff has settled into its historic home, Johnson said they will have a grand opening and he is already making plans to have the building decorated as a destination during the Christmas season.
For more information, call (928) 474-5201.