Graves Building

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Graves Building in August 2007.
This article is about the 1912 commercial building, for other similarly-named buildings, see Graves Building (disambiguation).

Graves Building or Graves Block is a four-story commercial building at 1816-1820 3rd Avenue North, across from the Alabama Theatre. It was constructed in 1912 by W. S. Graves who had founded the Graves Shale Brick Company in 1901. The four-bay building spans 100 feet. It was designed by Harry Wheelock and composed of brick with subtle terra-cotta ornamentation.

In 1930 the building housed Dailey's Clothes and Duke Brothers Furniture on the left, with Kilgore Furniture on the right. Lawrence Furniture replaced Kilgore Furniture in 1945.

In 1961 a major remodeling and modernization of the left side of the building was undertaken by the Vaughan-Weil department store and Engel Realty. Vaughan-Weil, long occupying the former Duke Brother's space, expanded into the former Dailey's Clothes slot at that time. Architect Greer, Holmquist & Chambers designed the renovations, which were executed by the Mann Brothers Building Co..

By 1970 Lawrence Furniture occupied the right side, as well as a "third floor annex" which extended westward over the adjoining Vaughan-Weil store. A major fire broke out in this annex on December 17, 1970, causing about $1 million in damages, mainly from lost stock.

By 1977 Mr King Furniture had taken over the Graves Building. The left-side ground floor space was the home of The Playhouse costume and prop shop until 2009. The right side most recently housed Lichter's Furniture and Jewelry. Both remained vacant until Appleseed Workshop purchased the eastern two bays of the building in 2016 and announced that Shu Shop would open a restaurant on the ground floor. Other announced tenants include the Wheelhouse Salon on the ground floor and Platypi on the fourth floor.


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