1929 - 902-904 South Main Street – Joplin, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 04.886 W 094° 30.821
15S E 365457 N 4104977
Quick Description: Commercial building in the Main and Eighth Streets Historic District in Joplin, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 4/22/2015 8:59:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMNR47
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

Malsbury Building, 902-904 South Main Street; 1929; contributing

This single-story one-part commercial block building of brick is located on a corner lot, with two storefronts on the South Main Street elevation and one on the West Ninth Street elevation.  The storefronts are altered but retain the traditional window-to-wall ratio, with display windows flanking recessed entrances.    A date/namestone offset on upper facade states “JULIA E. MALSBURY 1929.”    The exterior surfaces are trimmed with small light-colored masonry trim blocks and a single-stage stepped parapet is along the roofline...

Among the latest buildings in the district, this building was erected for Julia Malsbury, whose name appears on a datestone on the upper façade.  Julia Malsbury (1852-1936) was the wife of pioneer Joplin merchant Francis Marion Malsbury (1843-1925) who came to the new settlement of Joplin in 1872 and operated a grocery store on Main Street.  Julia was a native of Belvedere, Illinois and came to Joplin in 1873.    Francis and Julia Malsbury were married in 1879. She erected this building when a widow in her seventies. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps indicate that this was built on the site of an 1880s 3-unit wood frame commercial building.  City directories indicate that among the earliest tenants were Kivia Murawa, a restaurateur, and Frank Parrett, a shoemaker.  By the 1950s, pawnbrokers doing business as Mission Mercantile occupied the principal retail space.

– National Register Nomination

The building appears to be in good condition and is currently used as a bar.

Year of construction: 1929

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Full inscription:
Julia E. Malsbury 1929

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