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C.A. Hough Building

305 E Reed Street, Red Oak, Iowa 51566

Year Built:







Modifications: Between 1899 and 1940, pressed metal cornice replaced. Around same time, upper part of 2nd story windows in-filled. In 1958, storefront modernized. Between 1958 and 1971, metal awning added. In 2014, building owners received a CDBG grant to carry out facade improvements. The building was repainted, and received a new storefront and new windows.

Height: Two story.

Walls: Brick, painted.

Storefront: Aluminum display windows and door, brick kneewalls, transom covered for signage, aluminum awning, wood door with transom at east end.

Windows: Wood 1/1 double hung windows.

Stylistic features: Metal cornice, semi-circular arched topped window openings, windows openings at 2nd fl have elaborate hooded window crowns and metal sills, quoins along building corners, and corbeled belt course.

Past Businesses

Early 1870s-1900 C.A. Hough (Grocery on 1st Fl and China room on 2nd Fl)
1896 F.E. Pomeroy (Lawyer) – 2nd Fl
1896-1917 R.W. Beeson, (Lawyer) – 2nd Fl
1899 Painting and Paperhanging
1901-1909 J.P Black, Black’s Two Stores (303 and 305 E Reed St)
1907-1909 Beeson & Thomas (305 ½) – 2nd Fl
1914-1917 G.C. Allensworth Variety Store
1919 R.P. Sanford Company (General Store)
1922-1933 Scranton’s Shoppe
1934 -1945 The Emporium
1934 -1945 Newman Studio (Photographer)
1934-1945 Robison Beauty Parlor
1934-1945 Vogue Beauty Shop
1945-1950 Billings & Swanson (Law Office) – 2nd Fl
1945 County Attorney Office – 2nd Fl
1950-1955 Modern Home Supply, Frigidaire Appliances
1958-1971 Family Shoe Store

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