Many of you got this one right! Congratulations to our winner Emily Kim! Rapid Fired Pizza certificates are coming your way! I took this photo on December 17, 2015.
This building will be part of the exciting new Fire Blocks District redevelopment by The Ellway Group which is projected to include 57 residential units and 10 1st floor retail units. Here are some interesting facts about the Huffman Block Building from fireblocksdistrict.com.
On May 14, 1914, the Dayton Daily News announced that the Huffman heirs had taken out a permit for the construction of a $125,000 building on the north side of East Third between Jefferson and St. Clair streets. The heirs included William H. Simms, Charles H. Simms, Miss Lizzie Harries, Mrs. L H Mumma, Mrs. Mary L. Aull and Miss Anna M. Huffman, all members of well-known business families in Dayton. Construction of the Huffman Block (111-129 Was Third street) began in June, 1914 and was completed by late December of that year.
On February 7, 1915, the newspaper published an article praising the building and extolling its many modern features. Titled “New Huffman Block Credit to City: Modern New Business Block Rises from Ruins of Building Lot by Fire,” it clearly illustrates the city’s fascination with the ultra-modern, “fireproof” buildings quickly becoming an important part of the city streetscape.
The building housed a variety of small retail and light industrial companies including The Patterson Tool and Supply Company, the Dayton Iron and Steel Company, the Dayton Boiler Compound Company, the Burnett-Larsh Manufacturing Company plus office supply and furniture stores.
Constructed in 1914, it is an excellent example of the conservative Commercial style buildings common to many urban streetscapes in this period. This wide brick veneer building is ten bays wide. The high concrete foundation is faced with polished granite. Bays 1-4 and 7-10 are commercial store fronts. Bays were altered by First National Bank to allow for a drive through service. Above the first story retail bays, the Chicago Commercial style windows are divided by brick piers. A brackets cornice is located just below the parapet. The parapet is shaped above the first, last and center bays. The rear facade is red brick and is banded with 2/2 light windows.
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