you must learn to understand...that everything beautiful in architecture has been done already

This week's fascinating building is the Slade Block (101 W. Third St.). It was built in 1886, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The architect was Charles G. Maybury (more detail here) [later of Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie] for O.A. Slade. It is a Romanesque Revival commercial block, currently containing a newly-vacant storefront and two floors of student housing.

corner of Third and Main Streets

Detail of the corner

My favorite part: the curved corner, the views from which must be just lovely from inside.

Absolutely fascinating reading about the downtown historic district generally can be found in the mass application for National Register status, here. (See page 11 for further details about this building.)

See also the Visit Winona downtown walking tour and the City of Winona downtown historic district design guidelines (page 43 - photo was taken from the Main St. side, rather than the Third St. side).

[the title quotation is by Ayn Rand, from The Fountainhead]

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