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Cedar Rapids Central Business District Commercial Historic District

This is the old Armstrong Development Company/Arco Building located at 303 Third Avenue SE/ 303-308 3rd Street SE. The building is a contributing resource in the historic district which was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 2, 2015.

• This two-story store and office building, which is located on the southeast corner of Third Avenue SE and 3rd Street SE, was constructed in 1930 for the Armstrong Development Company. This Art Moderne style building has a steel frame and stone cladding. The main (north) facade has three bays delineated by fluted stone pilasters. The wide central bay has a metal frame entrance with side light and transom. Metal display windows flank the entrance. The walls ofthe storefront are clad with tile and sheltered by a cloth canopy. The upper story ofthe central bay has a large window with a rectilinear grille that is intended to mimic the original window configuration. The two slender outer bays each have tile walls below the first floor steel display windows and steel windows with decorative grills on the second floor. The west facade has seven evenly spaced bays, three of which contain storefront entries. The northernmost four bays have fixed display windows with tile clad kickplates. Cloth canopies shelter all of the bays. The second floor of each bay contains two windows with rectilinear grilles in the same design as the main facade. This corner was the site of the Second Presbyterian Church which relocated further to the east of downtown in 1911. With the rebuilding of the Third Avenue Bridge, the site was seen as desirable for development. In the 1920s, Thomas Ely built a model home on the site to promote his real estate developments. Once this building was constructed, it housed a variety of retail and office tenants. (Taken from: http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000757.pdf )

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