People do live in Monitor. It is a small place, buildings that are still in use are right beside this building. The post office is abandoned. I am glad they never tore it down. Buildings like this are rare.
I never got the false fronts on buildings. The intent was to make them appear bigger than what they were. Obviously it never fooled anyone. I would guess it was one of those things at one time that became so ingrained people just automatically incorporated them.