Bausman Building (1906)



The structure currently houses a pottery and bead workshop, a rock, fossil and mineral shop, and a recording studio.  The building’s first floor was originally intended to house a drug store, which is evident by the glass storefront occupying two of the three arcuated openings. The three upper floors were originally intended for offices and residences.  This functionality has not changed throughout the years, as the top three floors have been, and are still, used for office space.  In previous years, the building has served as a bookstore, which is appropriate due to the large display area of the storefront windows.


The building was constructed using Indiana limestone.  The structure follows a trabeated pattern, which can be seen from the exterior design of the first floor. The internal beams within the building also follow a post-and-lintel system. Rusticated piers at the ground floor divide the building’s façade into three bays, while arched broken pediments distinguish the second-floor windows.  The first of the three bays on the ground floor is essentially an alleyway with different shops branching off of it.  This design draws the customer in so that they can browse the offerings of various stores.


The building is distinguishable as a C. Emlen Urban building, as it features a tall white brick façade.  The limestone is light in color in comparison to neighboring buildings, which may have been meant to make the structure stand out.  The building follows a symmetrical, or formal, plan.  Urban was influenced by classical style architecture when designing this building; the cornice that runs along the top of the building, as well as the corbels underneath, are examples of classical ornamental features.  The rectangular shape of the windows complements the symmetry of the trabeated structure.  The columns that are present on the first floor are not very complicated in design but do, however, follow the overall theme of symmetry.


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