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318-320 N Commercial - Emporia Downtown Historic District - Emporia, Ks.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
N 38° 24.120 W 096° 10.803
14S E 746249 N 4254185
Quick Description: This two-story red brick building is located at 318-320 N Commercial in Emporia, Ks.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 8/19/2014 6:57:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMMA2N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
From the National Register application:
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"Commercial Building Status: Contributing
Address: 318-320 N COMMERCIAL ST
Date of Construction: 1884 (Documented)
Parcel ID: 195-15-0-10-21-008.00-0
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade - Specialty Store
Current Function: Commerce/Trade - Specialty Store
Architectural Classification: Italianate

This brick two-part commercial block occupies a double-width lot and is seven bays wide. Upper-story "fenestration, comprised of tall, narrow window openings, defines the bays. All openings contain single windows, except for the center bay where they are paired. Two aluminum-framed storefronts with covered transoms occupy the first-story façade. The street-level entrance to the second floor is centered between the two storefronts and features a double-leaf entrance with transom above. Historic character-defining features include: the pressed metal cornice with three raised triangular pediments, brackets, and dentils; the decorative brick recesses on the upper façade wall in a "+" motif; the cast-iron window hoods; and the stone windowsills. Non-original six-over-one light wood windows occupy the three south windows in the upper story. The remaining windows are covered with painted wood panels.

This building was under construction in 1884. In 1893, it housed a second-hand store and grocery on the first floor and dwelling on the second floor. It housed a wholesale grocery and lodgings in 1899. In 1905, there was a wholesale produce, tobacco shop and second-hand furniture store on the first floor. In 1923, there was a furniture warehouse and Salvation Army on the first floor.

Although the upper-story windows have been covered in places, the storefronts remain open and the building retains a great number of historic features, to include its original cornice, and historic center-stair doors. It is classified as a contributor.
Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Emporia Downtown Historic District

Link to page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

318-320 N Commercial Emporia, Ks. 66801

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Narrative found on the internet (Link provided below)

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NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): Not listed

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