1937s-1980s

Store-Front Veneers

many designs & materials

Since the 1930s, store-fronts on Main Street have been constantly remodeled to promote business. Builders and architects turned to the pages of Sweet Architectural File for the latest facades being promoted by manufactures.  The major styles of remodeling veneers and design elements from 1937-1980 are summarized below in percentages.

Veneer and Design

1937 1949 1955 1967 1980
structural glass 71 2 1 0 0
porcelain enameled steel 14 44 31 11 0
aluminum -- fluted 0 17 45 32 6
glass bock, glazed brick 68 25 7 0 0
stone, terra cotta 45 24 21 8 2
screen, grille 0 0 0 61 39
upper-story refacing 10 21 26 32 11
open front 5 24 40 24 7
closed front 46 31 14 9 0
cantilevered cases 18 39 39 4 0
soffit 17 32 42 7 2

Created by Jaime Blechschmidt on 9 June 1997.