Hi Wo Company Grocery - Benson, AZ
Posted by: linkys
N 31° 58.058 W 110° 17.580
12R E 566803 N 3537066
Quick Description: The Hi Wo Company Grocery was operated by Hi Wo and his family from 1896 to 1989, and is still owned by his decendents.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 12/24/2009 6:45:00 AM
Waymark Code: WM7YPR
The Hi Wo Company Grocery is located at 398 East 4th Street in Benson's commercial core/strip area and opened in 1896, during the railroad era.. It is located on the site of the original Rogers Brothers General Merchandise Store and serves as an excellent example of a commercial building which was important to Benson's development.
An indication that the structure is early is the unusual configuration of the frame attic story atop mud adobe side walls. Redwood is the common finish material on the interior. On the ground floor is a large open space, which is the public area and there is a basement below with some cool storage. Upstairs are the private areas, such as offices. There are large display windows and a central door with a transom at the main entry along East 4th Street.
It is in its original location, and with very few interior or exterior alterations having been made, maintains its architectural integrity.
The above taken from the NRHP nomination form. Store is currently (12/09) closed and boarded up. It also serves as a reminder of the important contributions and legacy of the Chinese population which came to Benson with the building of the railroad.
398 E. 4th St.
County / Borough / Parish: Cochise County
Year listed: 1994
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Periods of significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Historic function: Commerce/Trade
Current function: Vacant/Not In Use
Privately owned?: yes
Primary Web Site: [Web Link]
Season start / Season finish: Not listed
Hours of operation: Not listed
Secondary Website 1: Not listed
Secondary Website 2: Not listed
National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed
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