1850s - 1940s

One-Part Commercial Block

1 story

The One part commercial block is a simple, one story box with a decorated facade, typical of urban places from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century. Most of these structures were used as retail stores. Street frontages are narrow and the facades consist usually only of plate glass windows and entrances surmounted  by cornices or parapets. Small, wooden versions of this style have false-fronts, a couple of examples still survive in Eau Claire.
Most One-Part Commercial Block structures have these features:  
  • 1 story

  • narrow street frontages

  • windows and entrances surmounted by cornices or parapets

  • small wooden versions have false fronts


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retail stores

Created by Heather Slick. June 6, 1997.