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Franklin St Antique Mall

Franklin St Antique Mall
Franklin St Antique Mall

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a.k.a. Simmons Hardware Store

2123 W Franklin St
Evansville, IN

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1894 Simmons Hardware Store opens


District: Independence
Latitude: 37.980768954673
Longitude: -87.596681714058
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Style: Commercial Vernacular


the decade of the 1890s was a significant building period for the west franklin st commercial district. harry i simmons' $4,500, three-story hardware store, erected in 1894, was built on the street during the decade. typical of victorian commercial architecture, it featured a facade of red brick, accented with contrasting white stone belt courses, and a corbeled parapet surmounted by a pressed metal name plate announcing simmons' ownership. of course, he made sure that a photo of his new building appeared in the 1895 The Book of Evansville-Illustrated. simmons continued to vend hardware at this location until his retirement in about 1909. the store was then taken over by his son who, after only several years, left to pursue a musical career. since then, the building has continuously housed retail furniture businesses


See also Businesses / Commercial Independence district

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