Kerasotes Building (1928)

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KERASOTES LET CONTRACT FOR NEW BUILDING

The Journal – 12/5/1926
Contract for the three-story building to be erected at the northeast corner of Sixth and Washington streets was awarded yesterday by Gus and Louis Kerasotes to the J. Clyde Evans Construction company.
Work on actual construction of the new building is scheduled to begin this week, it was announced. The building will have a steel frame with light terra cotta finish on the west and south sides. The frame and foundations will be designed to support an eight story structure if it is desired to enlarge the building at any future time.
Plans for the building drawn by Carl T. Meyer, architect, provide for six store rooms on the first floor and twenty office rooms for the second and third floors, ten office rooms to each floor.
The structure will be fire-proof and modern throughout. The office rooms will be of strictly modern design and will be fully equipped with modern facilities.
It was planned at first to finish the building on the south and west sides with brick and white stone trim. The decision to use light terra cotta similar to that on the Broadwell building will make the structure one of unusual beauty.
The work of clearing away the debris from the old building is practically completed. This work has been delayed somewhat because of the presence of a concrete vault in the basement.

15 Comments

  1. Craig:

    Hotel and Restaurant

    Anyone know anything about the building immediately to the east on Washington?

  2. Slim:

    During the late 50’s and early 60’s there was a “Fishmans” and “Cannon’s” just to the east.

    A little beyond was also a movie theater the State.

  3. Tom Berkshire:

    Carl T Meyer, the architect designed my house at 2021 Illini. I can find the Southtown cinama, Hickox Apartments and the Heart Theater in Effingham but would like to know other buildings. His plans are not dated but house was built in 1936/37. Features of the house are ten doors from the post office Monroe and 6th torn down in 1928. Also is a fountain of unknown history. House was built for Booth-Thomas. Seeking other buildings and a little history about Meyer

    • Lisa:

      Carl T. Meyer the architect (wife Antoinette) was my grandfather and Carl T. Meyer, Jr., (wife Mary) a Springfield attorney, was my uncle. My mother has some information about buildings he designed and also Lincoln Library has some information and photos.

      • Rick Riccio:

        I am looking for blueprints of the Will Rogers theater that your grandfather designed. Would you or any of his descendents have blueprints or other documentation of his work? I found some at the Lincoln Library, but not the WR. I am doing a documentary on the Will Rogers Theater.

      • Rick Riccio:

        Lisa, how can I get in touch with you about your grandfather? Please contact me at rvriccio@wildblue.net or 217-508-8237
        Rick

  4. Bill Hall:

    Tom, I can fill in a little more on Carl Meyer. My parents were good friends with him and his wife Mary. Call me, Bill

  5. Sally Field:

    wow Slim, I remember those! The people who owned the house I grew up in before we did owned Cannons. Simon family…

    My dad spent a lot of time in Fishman’s for gun supplies :)

  6. DAVID HUGHES:

    I USE TO HANG OUT AT THE KERASOTES OFFICE AS A KID. A CLASS MATE’S MOM WAS A SECRETARY THERE. I ALSO WENT TO SATURDAY SHOWS AND CONTEST AT THE STATE THEATER. I’D HANG OUT IN THE MANAGER’S OFFICE LOOKING AT OLD LOBBY CARDS. WE USE TO SHOP FISHMANS AND THE WAR SURPLUS STORE WHERE I HAD A STOCKING CAP LIKE RAIDAR ON MASH. I ALSO GOT MY HAIRCUT AT THE BARBERSHOP ON THE EASTSIDE OF THE THEATER. I GOT COMICBOOKS AT THE USED COMICS STORE 7TH AND WASHINGTON. I STILL HAVE A FUR COAT FROM THE HUB.

  7. Robert Stowe:

    I believe a music store or pawn shop used to occupy the street level. Is this correct, and what was the name of the establishment? I purchased a used Harmony sunburst hollow body electric guitar which I cherished for several years. I played with a neighborhood group that performed (once!) at the YMCA on Seventh St. for a dance on a Friday night.

  8. Jerry Waters:

    Our parents told us not to go east past 6th St because it approached the “bad” parts of town, but we did. I was on the upper floors of Fishman’s once. What a mess! I still have binoculars I bought at Cannon War Surplus.
    There were a couple of flophouse hotels in this block where a bed could be had for as little as 50 cents a night in the late 50’s.
    If I remember correctly, the State Theatre had no concession stand, just a coin-operated popcorn machine.

  9. Dave Kane:

    In the very old days of Springfield, including the terrible race riot of 1908, the area northeast of Sixth and Washington was known as The Badlands.

  10. E. Smith:

    When I was young I was in the Orpheum Lounge. I don’t know who took me or when, all I can remember is a nude picture of a somewhat heavy women over the bar.

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