Francis Becker Building - Washington, MO
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N 38° 33.583 W 091° 00.663
15S E 673296 N 4269795
Built as a home, now a business
Waymark Code: WM14NZC
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 08/03/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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County of building: Franklin County
Location of building: W. Main St., 3rd Bldg. E. of Lafayette St., north side, Washington
Built: 1875
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Classified: D & commercial
Current Occupant: Joe's Bakery & Delicatessen
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Francis Becker Building
Probably built as a two family home, this structure was built by Francis Arnold Becker of St. Albans, Missouri in 1871and upon his death in 1886 was willed to his son Louis

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. ... Six buildings which are entirely residential are all detached, single family, two to five bays wide except for one nine-bay multi-family at 9 W. Main St. 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, lintals 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 front of the property parcel generally refers to a first story storefront." ~ NRHP Nomination Form

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