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Name:  Missouri Republican Building
Address:  Chestnut and Third Streets
Year:  1873
Architectural Firm/Architect:  Walsh and Jungenfeld
Standard Architectural Styles:  Second Empire
Front facade:  Iron, cast
Property Type Codes:  Commercial building, Central Business District cast iron
Dimensions:  110´ x 80´
Ward:  7
Neighborhood:  35
This five-story Second Empire building was designed by Thomas Walsh and Edward Jungenfeld as the offices of the Missouri Republican newspaper. The brick building had cast iron storefronts on its two main facades, facing Chestnut and Third Streets. The remaining facades were of hydraulic pressed brick. The front facades of its upper stories had arched window openings flanked by engaged pilasters. The richly articulated mansard roof , which reached a height of 125 feet, held highly ornamented dormers. To avoid the catastrophe that had befallen its previous offices, this building took many fire precautions. Its basement level, designed to house the printing presses, was 25 feet high and supported by brick and stone arches strenghtened with iron girders. The upper floors had iron ceiling lathing and the inside finish of the walls was also iron. The pine floors were laid on fireproof cement and water was stored in a tank within the building to be used in an emergency. In addition, each floor was equipped with fire hoses. [113].

Jungfeld, Edward
Walsh, Thomas Waryng

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