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Hemenway Building

Hemenway Building

The Hemenway Building was built to house the Hemenway Furniture Company, and was thus designed with a largely open floor plan to facilitate the showcasing and movement of furniture. The original design included a loading dock, a mezzanine, and a large elevator installed in the center of the structure. The five story commercial building of brown brick construction is reminiscent of the Chicago Skyscraper style. The exteriors of the first and second stories are contained in an articulated base while the third, fourth, and fifth stories are divided into bays by long brick geometric pilasters, which contribute to the monumentality of the building. Terra cotta ornamentation can be seen in the base, pilaster tops, entablature, windows, and attachment points for an awning that has been removed. It is one of the few remaining commercial buildings downtown that is over four stories high and has retained its historic integrity, despite exterior changes made to its ground floor storefront. The structure now serves as a government facility, after undergoing rehabilitation by Ratcliff Construction

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