(Circa 1882, E.J. Eckel)|
Contributing building for:
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Warehouse/Light Manufacturing Facility. Five story building.
Richly textured facade enlivened by varied fenestration grouped into symmetrical bays by raised brick pilasters stretching
height of building and elaborate stringcourses ornamented with terra cotta medallions and
spandrels between third and fourth stories.
Front entry with decorative surround with Frank Furness overtones: oversized brackets and dwarfed columns on either side and
scroll-like frame and transom above, lined with nailhead border.
Three richly detailed parapets. First floor infilled with wood shingles and paneling between pilasters, but
rhythm of bays maintained. Sash infilled with wood in 2/2 pattern; openings maintained.
South elevation has nearly full-width covered loading dock. West (rear) elevation with four full-height seed elevators (modern).
Nave & McCord Mercantile Company was established in 1846 under the firm name of Nave & McCord
In 1857, Nave, McCord & Co. began an exclusive wholesale grocery business, and in 1880 incorporated as The Nave & McCord Mercantile
By 1882, their expanding business required a new large facility. This building at 310 S. Third Street was built
in 1882. The company also operated the "Mokaska Mills", originally a coffee roasting and distributing plant, which soon
expanded to the manufacturing of flavoring abstracts, baking powders, ground,
spices, and a general line of grocers' and druggists' sundries
The building was located across the street from CD Smith Drug Company
Abram Nave and James McCord, who were brother-in-laws, formed the wholesale grocery company Nave, McCord & Company in 1857 in St. Joseph, Missouri
By 1860, the company had expanded its operations over an extensive territory and branch offices were soon opened in Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri
In later years Mitchelhill Seed Company occupied this building
After being vacant for many years, there were plans of trying to turn the building into lofts
Unfortunately, on October 21, 2016, sometime after the sun went down, the building was engulfed in fire
The building adjacent to the north of it was also destroyed
Luckily, the old Sheridan-Clayton building at 302 South 3rd was lightly scorched and only suffered some major smoke damage