1850s - 1950s

Two -Part Commercial Block

2 - 4 stories

This is the most common style for small and moderate sized commercial buildings throughout the U.S. These buildings have two horizontal divisions: a lower zone used for retail stores; an upper zone used for offices, apartments, and meeting halls. The origin of this "shop-house" combination comes from Roman antiquity and developed into the standard form during the Middle Ages. Victorian versions of this style were most common from 1880-1890s in Eau Claire, although on the East Coast these versions appeared from the 1850-1880s.
Most Two Part Commercial Block structures have these features:  
2-4 stories
two horizontal divisions
lower zone used for retail purposes
upper zones used for apartments or offices

Type

 1850  1860  1870  1880  1890  1900  1910  1920  1930  1940  1950

Feature

Two-Part
Commercial
Block












Shops &
Offices

Created by Heather Slick. June 6, 1997.