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Orkin & Brothers Dry Goods

307 E Reed Street, Red Oak, Iowa 5166

Year Built:







Modifications: By 1940, 2nd story window openings modified. Between 1946 and 1971 metal cornice replaced with a smaller cornice that matched the building at 305 E Reed St. Before 1954, storefront modernized. In 2014, building owners received a CDBG rant to carry out facade improvements. Work included a new storefront, new apartment entry door, new awning, new windows and repainting the facade.

Height: Two story.

Walls: Brick, painted.

Storefront: Aluminum display windows and door, porcelain enamel panels, fabric awning, wood door with transom at west end.

Windows: Vinyl 1/1 windows.

Stylistic features: Metal cornice, corbeled belt course, brick pilasters.

Past Businesses

1870s I.O.O.F. Hall (MCHC photograph)
1896 Orkin & Brothers (Dry Goods & Clothing)(MCD)
1901-1917 C.D. McElvain (Jeweler & Optician, Watches, Clocks, etc.)(MCD)
1909 E.A. Dultiz (Dentist)(2nd Floor)(MCD)
1912 J.F. Carlson (Photo Studio)(2nd Floor)(Sun)
1917 M.W. of Hall (2nd Floor)(MCD)
1925 Clyde Curtis (Optometrist)(Sun)
1930-1945 Gamble Store (Sun, Red Oak telephone directory)
1950-1972 Schoenberg’s (Red Oak telephone directory)

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73 Historical Buildings, 1 Historical Site, and 8 Historical Objects.

The Red Oak Downtown Historic District has a story to tell. Each individual building itself might not have a depth of historical value, but the woven fabric threaded between each building by commerce, community, fire, and war decorates a story that must be shared.

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