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Cedar Rapids Central Business District Commercial Historic District

This is the Granby Building located at 218-230 2nd Street SE/200 Third Avenue SE. It is a contributing resource in the historic district which was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 2, 2015.

• This four-story office block, which is located on the northeast comer of2nd Street SE and Third Avenue SE, was constructed in 1891 for real estate investor Elmer Higley. Designed in the Romanesque Revival style by Cedar Rapids architects Josselyn and Taylor, it was called the Granby Building after the hometown of Higley's grandmother. The building is seven bays wide along 2nd Street SE and four bays deep along Third Avenue SE, with storefronts running along the first floor of both facades. The storefronts have been modernized with metal windows, entrances, and modem cloth canopies. The original transom area above the storefronts has been obscured with a wide concrete panel. The storefronts and second floor windows are separated by a band of decorative metal panels. The second and third floor windows are rectangular modern sash. The fourth-floor windows are of the same material, but set within a round-arch opening. The windows on the upper floors are separated by bands of decorative metal panels. Brick pilasters flank the window bays and serve as visual supports for the round arches on the fourth floor. The building has a crenellated corbelled cornice. Black metal panels accent the corners and outer pilasters ofthe upper floors. The third and fourth-floor windows ofthe central bay along 2nd Street have been enclosed; the second-floor opening has been converted into the entrance for the skywalk spanning the street. Higley maintained his real estate office in the building before he built the Higley Building across 2nd Street SE some 25 years later. Architect Charles A. Dieman also had his offices here. The Cedar Rapids Public Library was located on the second floor in 1897. (From http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000757.pdf)

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