528 N Commercial - Emporia, Kansas
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N 38° 24.289 W 096° 10.802
14S E 746241 N 4254497
Quick Description: This two-story red brick building is located at 528 N Commercial in Emporia, Kansas.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 5/9/2020 8:53:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM12EBC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:
Commercial Building Status: Contributing
Address: 528 N COMMERCIAL ST
Date of Construction: 1880 (Estimated)
Parcel ID: 195-15-0-10-07-007.00-0
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade - Financial Institution
Current Function: Social
Architectural Classification: Italianate

Description:
This brick two-part commercial block occupies a corner lot and has two primary elevations - west and north. The building is three bays wide and seven bays deep. Upper-story fenestration, comprised of single window openings containing non-historic one-over-one units, defines the bays. A non-historic storefront occupies the street-level façade and includes a pent roof awning with brackets, large nine-part display windows, and a flush double-leaf entrance centered in the west elevation. There is no transom opening. Historic character-defining features present include: the decorative brick work at cornice level in the form of recessed rectangular wall panels and dentils; the engaged brick piers between each bay; the corbelled brick that suggests brackets between each pier; the round arches and cast iron hoods over each west elevation window opening; the segmental arches with brick hoods over each upper-story window opening in the north side elevation; and the stone windowsills, which feature small end brackets on the west elevation windows. Five first-floor window openings in the north elevation have non-historic infill - four with brick and one with siding.

History:
This building was built by 1884, when it housed a bank on the first floor and offices on the second floor. For many years, there was also a barber shop in the basement, accessible from sidewalk entrances, now infilled, on the north. The bank remained until the years between 1899 and 1905, when the first floor was vacant. In 1911, the building housed a ladies' clothing store, offices and violin repair shop. There was a bank here again in 1923 and 1929. There was a store here in 1946.

Integrity:
Although this building has been modified over time, including a largely infilled storefront, the upper façade on the west and north elevations retain sufficient degree of integrity to merit classification as a contributor.

- National Register Application



Alternate Name: Commercial Building

Historic Function: Commerce/Trade

Subcategory: Financial Institution

Historic Function Remarks: This building was built by 1884, when it housed a bank on the first floor and offices on the second floor. For many years, there was also a barber shop in the basement. The bank remained until the years between 1899 and 1905, when the first floor was vacant. In 1911, the building housed a ladies' clothing store, offices and violin repair shop. There was a bank here again in 1923 and 1929.

Present Function: Commerce/Trade

Subcategory: Organizational

Present Function Remarks: The Farm, Inc.

Residential/Commercial/Religious Style: Italianate

Physical Description/Remarks: This brick two-part commercial block occupies a corner lot and has two primary elevations - west and north. The building is three bays wide and seven bays deep. Upper-story fenestration, comprised of single window openings containing non-historic one-over-one units, defines the bays. A non-historic storefront occupies the street-level façade and includes a pent roof awning with brackets, large nine-part display windows, and a flush double-leaf entrance centered in the west elevation. There is no transom opening. Historic character-defining features present include: the decorative brick work at cornice level in the form of recessed rectangular wall panels and dentils; the engaged brick piers between each bay; the corbelled brick that suggests brackets between each pier; the round arches and cast iron hoods over each west elevation window opening; the segmental arches with brick hoods over each upper-story window opening in the north side elevation; and the stone windowsills, which feature small end brackets on the west elevation windows. Five first-story window openings in the north elevation have non-historic infill - four with brick and one with vinyl (confirm?) siding.

Plan Form: Rectangle

Commercial Building Type: Two-Part Commercial Block

Roof Form: Flat with Parapet

Stories: 2

Condition: Good

Principal Material: Brick

Architect/Designer/Builder: Unknown

Year of Construction: 1880

Certainty: Estimated

- Kansas Historic Resource Inventory

Public/Private: Private

Tours Available?: no

Year Built: 1880

Web Address: Not listed

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