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S. S. Kresge Company, 712 E Street, Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



B&W Photos

HB294739
E Street Elevation

HB294740
Seventh Street Elevation

HB294741
Three-quarter View, Looking Southwest

HB294742
E Street Elevation

HB294743
Seventh Street Elevation


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Location
Northwest, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DC-580
Building/structure dates: 1918 initial construction
Significance: Constructed in 19118 by Frank L. Wagner and designed by A.B. Mullet and Company, S. S. Kresge's typifies construction methods for commercial buildings during the early 1900s. In particular, it shows the influences of the Chicago school during this period. Structural piers, expressed on the exterior as pilasters, present a somewhat skeletal appearance although the low building height prevents a full exploitation of its potential. The broad expanse of glass of the Chicago windows follows the program customary of this style. However, the lone band of fenestration results in the emphasis on the horizontal axis rather than the vertical as was characteristic in the style. A strong and ornate terra-cotta cornice further emphasizes the already low appearance. The detailing, however, portrays a consciously decorative awareness.

Subjects
Commercial Facilities


Related Names
Wagner, Frank L.
A. B. Mullet & Company


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. E STREET ELEVATION
2. SEVENTH STREET ELEVATION
3. THREE-QUARTER VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
4. E STREET ELEVATION
5. SEVENTH STREET ELEVATION


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