Dickbrader Hardware - Washington, MO
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N 38° 33.615 W 091° 00.815
15S E 673074 N 4269849
Been Cowans's restaurant for a long, long time, but built for a hardware store.
Waymark Code: WM14N8T
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 07/31/2021
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County of building: Franklin County
Location of building: Elm St., 2nd bldg N. of 2nd St., east side, Washington
Built: 1890
Architectural Style: Federal
Classified: A-3 & Commercial
Current Occupant: Loyal Bella Company
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Marker Text: HARDWARE Built by developer C.H. Kahmann, for fifty-one years this was the Dickbrader Hardware. Since then it has been an eating establishment, housing the Olympia Candy Company, Mealer's Cafe and Cowan's Restaurant.


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History of Mark:
Federal/Greek Revival, circa 1849 - 1895, Coded A.
This group is largely represented by vernacular interpretations of Federal and/or Greek Revival styles; it contains one of the largest single collections of buildings (about one-fourth of the total) and enjoyed the greatest longevity. All rest on stone foundations and all except two are brick. The majority are three bays wide and rise two stories with first story utilized as commercial space and -second for residential; a few are one story commercial. ... Typically facades are symmetrical and feature openings headed with either jack arches, flat lintels or segmental arches; roofs are gabled or occasionally low-hipped. Ornamentation is restrained, generally limited to brick dentil ling, stringcourses, recessed paneling and pilasters. Several feature decorative cast iron balconies, lintsls or storefronts. While the majority of roofs are side-gabled, five feature street-front gables or shaped parapets sometimes pierced with an attic window or lunette. ...

"Residential (c. 1849 - 1930) . Coded 3
This designation denotes fifteen buildings used only for residential purposes (all are detached, single-family except for two detached, multi-family), as well as numerous buildings which mix residential use with commercial and a few which are institutional/residential or industrial/residential and are doubled coded as such.

"Commercial. Coded With Black Bar
This designation indicates that historically the building (or part of it) was used for commercial purposes. Since very few properties were constructed exclusively for commerce, the black bar code at the of the property parcel generally refers to a first story storefront.

" ... His son George developed the remaining parcels on the east side of Elm with the Commercial Hotel (1887-91), replacing his father's pork house, and the building at 114 Elm where Dickbrader's Hardware opened in 1890 ... " ~ NRHP Nomination Form, PDF pages 4-6 & 19

"First story has been refaced.

"Tax records indicate the parcel was owned by C. H. Kahmann in 1880 and by Geo. H. Kahmann 189a5-1900. In 1909 Elijah Zumwalt owned the lot. Photo in Washington Missourian identifies the bldg. as Dickbrader's Hardware which opened in 1890. Appears on 1893 Sanborn Map as hardware and tin shop." ~ DNR Historic Survey, phase II & III  PDF pages 372-373

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