Albion Interactive History / 214 South Superior Street

Albion Interactive History

Albion Interactive History / Buildings / Downtown

214-216 S. Superior Street, Eslow Hall, c.1868

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Commercial Italianate

Past Occupants
Fire on August 31, 1919
Bijou Theater, c.1919
Rosenthal Clothing Store, c.1919

The three-story brick building has semi-circular ogee hood moldings above round arched windows at the second and third floors. Cast iron columns divide the storefront windows.

Source: National Park Service; Superior Street Commercial Historic District Registration Form. Prepared by Lloyd Baldwin. October 1996.

Image Source: James B. Field, Souvenir of the City of Albion, 1894.

The huge four-story Eslow Block, pictured above in this 1870s photograph, stood as an Albion landmark beginning with its erection in 1869, until a fire in 1919 resulted in the top story being removed. On the far left is the Clift Block, which at the time contained the Charles B. Bogue grocery. Next is the frame building was the Howard Quinlan grocery. Following that is a barber shop, and then the James W. Sheldon Exchange Bank. On the corner is a clothing store, which shows apparel hanging out in front.

Source: Passic, Frank. A Pictorial History of Albion, Michigan; From the Archives of the Albion Historical Society. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation. 1991. p 87.

Look closer. Bait machine formerly in front of building.

Entrance at back of building under the bridge.

Building openings

Workers reinforcing bridge between buildings in 2001.

Building falling away after a truck destroyed architectural supports when passing through alley in 2003.

Source: Isaac David Kremer, December 2003

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