Rockmount Ranchwear Building
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Designed by Fisher and Fisher in 1909. the Rockmount building reflects Louis Sullivan’s Modern Commercial design, the emerging Prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Beaux Arts movement, which Arthur Fisher studied in New York. This building is a complete departure from the more derivative Victorian classical motif style, characterizing much of the neighborhood.
Whereas many earlier nearby buildings are soft brick this is a costly construction with fully fired brick throughout and heave timbering far exceeding structural requirements. Warehouses were once architectural gems reflecting the commercial lifebood of a growing community on the frontier.
Originally the home of the Wolf Manufacturing Company where they manufactured clawfoot tubs and basins, this building has been Rockmount’s home since 1946. First a warehouse, Rockmount moved its offices to this building in 1980. After nearly 50 years of wholesale only they opened the retail store and museum in 2002.
A historic renovation was undertaken to preserve the building in 2004, returning the first floor much to its original state.
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Oral History #72 told by Steve Weil