North queen Street 32-68

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North Queen Street – note all building as of 1929 were tile construction.

32)
• Now: Cross teas coffee and tea. tall brick building – still 5 stories
• 1929-flats on floors 3,4, and 5
• 1919- expansion made to the right side of building. Is not consistent with structure of 1929 yet
• 1891-same construction as 1886- American House now
• 1886- small hotel

34)
• Now: Cross teas coffee and tea. tall brick building – still 5 stories
• 1929-flats on floors 3,4, and 5
• 1919- expansion made to the right side of building. Is not consistent with structure of 1929 yet
• 1891- same construction as 1886- American House now
• 1886-small hotel

36)
• Now: New Concrete building currently occupied by a clothing store
• 1929-The Lancaster Trust Company
• 1919- Becomes the Lancaster Trust Company. Structural changes are consistent with those of 1929
• 1891-expantion made from 1886 structure- reduced courtyard
• 1886-

38)
• Now: New Concrete building currently occupied by a clothing store
• 1929-The Lancaster Trust Company
• 1919- Becomes the Lancaster Trust Company. Structural changes are consistent with those of 1929
• 1891- expantion made from 1886 structure- reduced courtyard
• 1886-
40)
• Now: New concrete clothing store
• no information on 1929 map as to function
• 1919- same as 1929 structure
• 1891- similar to 1929 structure
• 1886-similar to 1929
42)
• Now: New concrete clothing store
• no information on 1929 map as to function
• 1919- similar to 1929 structure
• 1891- similar to 1929 structure
• 1886- same as 1929

44)
• Now: Has Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware written on façade. Has tile fasade consistent with what would be used in 1919. But clearly new windows added
• 1929-Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware
• 1919- Remodeling consistent with 1929 structure. Becomes Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware.
• 1891- same construction as 1886
• 1886-

46)
• Now: Has Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware written on façade. Has tile fasade consistent with what would be used in 1919. But clearly new windows added
• 1929-Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware
• 1919- Remodeling consistent with 1929 structure. Becomes Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware.
• 1891- same construction as 1886
• 1886-

48)
• Now:
• 1929-Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware
• 1919- Remodeling consistent with 1929 structure. Becomes Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware.
• 1891- same construction as 1886
• 1886-

50)
• Now: Modern looking botique
• 1929-Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware
• 1919- Remodeling consistent with 1929 structure. Becomes Reilly Bro’s & Raub Wholesale & Retail Hardware.
• 1891- same construction as 1886
• 1886-

52)
• Now: Concrete Mini Mall
• 1929- No info as to function
• 1919-Additions made from the 1891 structure. But not entirely consistent with the 1929 structure yet.
• 1891- same construction as 1886
• 1886-

54)
• Now: Concrete Mini mall
• 1929- Drug store in front, Parking garage in back
• 1919- Remodeled construction is consistent with 1929 construction
• 1891- same construction as 1886
• 1886- Drug store in front

56)
• Now: Concrete Mini Mall
• 1929- Drug store in front, Parking garage in back
• 1919- Remodeled construction is consistent with 1929 construction
• 1891- same construction as 1886
• 1886- Drug store in front
58)
• Now: Brick and wood veneer jewlers
• no information on 1929 map as to function
• 1919- same as 1929
• 1891- same as 1929
• 1886- same as 1929

60)
• Now: Brick and wood veneer. Coffee and bakery
• no information on 1929 map as to function
• 1919- same as 1929
• 1891- same as 1929
• 1886- same as 1929

68)
• Now: Brick building: restaurant and lounge
• no information on 1929 map as to function
• 1919- same as 1929
• 1891- same as 1929
• 1886- same as 1929

North Queen Street Venustas

 

 

Cross teas coffee and tea is a brick building with a Flemish bond. The outer wall of the building is not the most special specimen however the window elements are quite nice. The windows have stool, aprons, and interior casings made with a metal that is painted with a modern copper green giving it an old world feel. The roofing has this same green paint with ornamental cutaways. The windows also have a Greco roman key stone element (despite the absence of any arches). The bottom store front is painted a kind of ugly green that in my opinion adds no true decorative value.

 

 

 

This building essentially looks like a tall block.  There are no windows except for the bottom storefront. It is painted the same ugly green that the bottom of the coffee shop is. There is an odd division between the top of the building which is just a bland block of concrete and the bottom of the building. The bottom of the building is sectioned off with a vertical striping. It has arched windows and an arched doorway that are obviously meant for decoration however they do not look visually striking to me personally.

 

 

The façade of this building has striking similarities to the venustas of its adjacent (previously mentioned building. The same dull green color predominates. It appears that the flanking walls and upper façade might be much older than the building itself. They draw striking similarities to the kind of walls that C. Emlen Urban used in his designs. The new storefront does not compare to the beauty of the flanking walls. The upper façade has beautiful stone inlays that flow well into the adjacent C. Emlen Urban building. One of the most marked features are the two veneer mask on each side of the store. They add a sort of gothic feel to the entire structure.

 

 

This is my personal favorite building in this block. This building is an original C.Emlen Urban building. The façade is beautifully done. The building has a thin limestone coating with handsome veneer masonry. One of the most interesting features of this building are the windows. It has a two-story window that draws the eye in to the entrance. The upper level windows have the same beautiful copper green that I spoke of in the first building. The roof is also made out of this well-dressed material.

 

This mall fits quite well into the themes of venustas that are present in the other buildings on this block. The same green-tan color scheme is used here. The windows are lined with the same copper colored metal and the awning has the same green that painted the second building. Two peculiar features that are not present on the previously mentioned buildings are the dormer pointers and the detail work on the windows. The windows have wings on top which flow nicely with the block scheme.

 

 

This building and the one adjacent to it are quite particular when compared to the rest of the block (this makes sense after looking at the sanborn maps). This building draws striking similarities to a barn house. The lower level is composed of brick with varying different patterns, a large wooden door and small display windows. The upper level is much more interesting. It is covered in a wood façade with a detailed inlay giving it an old world feel. It is interesting that the color scheme shifts so dramatically here.

 

 

 

This building follows the color scheme of its neighbor. It is painted brick red. The flanking walls and the upper levels have a common brick pattern. One feature that ties this building in to venustas of the other buildings on the block are the windows. Although they are surrounded by wood, they are painted in the copper green that the is so popular on this block. An interesting feature of this building are the columnettes flanking the door. The columnettes create a frame around the door. This building’s venustas is closely tied to its utilitas. Being a lounge it has large windows on the first floor giving it an open feel.

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