|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: |
two horizontal divisions
lower zone used for retail purposes
upper zones used for apartments or offices
Created by Heather Slick. June 6, 1997.