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Name:  Broadway Store Buildings
Address:  7121-29 S. Broadway
Year:  1850
Architectural Firm/Architect:   Unknown
Standard Architectural Styles:  Italianate
Front facade:  Brick, common bond
Property Type Codes:  Commercial building, neighborhood
Alterations:  Constructed 1850-1860.
Designation: City Landmark
Ward:  11
Neighborhood:  1
Beginning about 1850, some St. Louis merchants established branch stores on Main Street (now South Broadway) in Carondelet. Christ Koeln set up a general store at Main and Taylor (Robert) Streets, in a structure which also housed a grocery. A four-story hotel was built on Main south of St. Louis (Nagel) Street.

By 1873, property values between Elwood and Davis Streets had a variation from $40 to $125 per front foot, with the highest values between Kansas and Steins Streets. This row of store buildings at Broadway and Nagel Street are typical of their type in St. Louis about 1860. Two and a half stories in height, they have living quarters on their upper floors, which are decorated with wrought iron balconies on the second floor level.

The buildings are notable for their handsome roof lines and fenestration. The roof is penetrated by the fire walls and the dormers are narrow and well proportioned. The fronts have quoined corners and a handsome smooth stone finish with a denticulated cornice.

Koeln, Christ

Broadway Store Buildings



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