building of the week – Becker & Schafer Store Building
Key Project Information
Address: 1002 White Rock Avenue
Year Built: 1895
Architectural Style: Boomtown
Historical Use: Retail Building
Current Use: Demolished
National Register of Historic Places Designation: 1995
State Register Listing: 1995
Built at the intersection of White Rock Avenue and East main Street, this building served as a dry goods store. The building had not been significantly altered before its National Registry listing and retained its original storefront and clapboard siding. A steeply pitched gable roof was concealed behind an ornamented false front with a pediment. The false front extended upwards past both stories of the building and featured a decorative sunburst motif. Carved brackets, frieze boards and corner boards also decorated the façade.
Boomtown architecture is a North American style formed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is predominantly found in towns near mining and forestry industries. These buildings are characterized by their large and often long footprints, with a false façade (also called a “postiche”) along the street front.
This building has been replaced with a new condominium complex, but its documentation serves as a reminder of the Boomtown architecture that was present in many North American towns. Below is the same view today.