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Currey Building

Currey Building
Currey Building

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2201-2203 W Franklin St, formerly 1101 w franklin st
Evansville, IN

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1899 Currey Building is completed


District: Independence
Latitude: 37.980773183
Longitude: -87.597448825836
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Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Harris & Shopbell Co


nearly a year was spent in the construction of this west franklin st architectural gem. It was begun in spring 1898 and completed in may 1899 for leon currey, who had operated a drugstore in a narrow fram building on the same site since 1887. the new building comprised two store widths. currey occupied number 2201 and rented out number 2203 to john hast, a merchant who specialized in dry goods and "gent's furnishings" The currey buildling is a fine example of precision brickwork. With its limestone trim, stone carvings, and arched Romanesque-style windows it offers on of the more unusual commercial facades in the city. Currey died in 1907, but his wife, Alice, a pharmacist in her own right, carried on the drugstore operation with the help of her son, Hiram, and C Rober Mueller, a clerk (currey & Mueller drug co). During WWI, while son Hiram was in service, Mrs. Currey took Mueller into partnership and the name was changed to Currey &Mueller Drug Company (by 1922). In 1957, five years after the death of Mueller, Hiram sold the seventy-year-old family business and retired


See also Businesses / Commercial Independence district

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