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Cedar Rapids Central Business District Commercial Historic District

This is the Welch-Cook Building located at 319-323 3rd Street SE and is a contributing building in the historic district which was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 2, 2015.

• This is the Welch-Cook Building located at 319-323 3rd Street SE and is a contributing building in the historic district which was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 2, 2015.

This six-story warehouse and factory building, which is located on the northwest comer of 3rd Street SE and Fourth Avenue SE, was constructed in 1909-1910 for the Welch-Cook Company, a wholesale dry goods and men's clothing manufacturer. Designed by Cedar Rapids architect Charles A. Dieman, the reinforced-concrete structure uses the Turner flat slab construction system. The building is six bays wide and five bays deep and clad with pressed brick. The first floor of the east facade has storefronts with fixed windows and a recessed entryway with modern metal and glass doors. The entrance has a limestone surround. The brick pilasters that separate the bays are adorned with Prairie Style corbelled motifs and sconces. The upper floors ofthe east fac;ade have four bays with three windows in each, one bay with two windows, and one bay with a single window. The south facade has a small entrance and three bays with windows along the first floor. The central bays ofthe upper floors have three windows each, flanked by bays with single windows. The building has a deep eave with a simple corbelled brick cornice. All of the windows have been replaced with modern fixed sash. The Collins Radio Company took a ten-year lease on the building in 1945 and used it as a warehouse and for light manufacturing, as well as accounting and engineering departments after World War II. (Taken from: http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000757.pdf)

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