Historic Architecture Downtown Richmond:
A Walking Tour

Readmore Books
901 East Main Street

Italianate (1880)

This three story building is another example of downtown Richmond's outstanding collection of stone-fronted commercial buildings, most of which were designed by John A. Hasecoster. In 1880, it was occupied by John E. Pelz's tailor shop. By 1900, it was a drug store, which was eventually supplanted by Readmore Books. The upper floors were designed as sleeping rooms for young, working men. In 1990, the first floor store front (dating from the 1950s) was replaced with design guidance from Richmond's Center City Development. The building at the rear was originally occupied by the Meerhoff Metal Implement and Building Supply Company.

Photo: Readmore Books, 901 East Main Street, Richmond, Indiana

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Acknowledgments & Notices

Note: This is the web-based incarnation of a brochure originally published in 2010. While the history is still very valuable, other information may no longer be accurate. Information updated by WayNet will be listed in this orange color.

Original brochure produced by Center City Development Corporation.

Brochure Committee:

  • Lynn L. Johnstone
  • Greg Bottorff
  • Julie Dishman
Special thanks to:
  • Morrisson-Reeves Library Staff:
    • Sue King, Archivist
    • Doris Ashbrook, Reference Services
  • Wayne County Historical Museum:
    • Jim Harlan Director

This project was made possible by a grant from the Richmond Urban Enterprise Association.

**COPYRIGHT NOTICE** for Walking Tour Information: Published in March 2010 In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this article is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for non-profit research and educational or criticism purposes only.

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Did You Know?

Richmond was long known as "The Rose City" due to being home to Hills' Roses. Founder, E. G. Hill, was a gifted rose hybridizer, and introduced countless roses to the world. Hills' was once known as the largest grower of roses under glass. Hill Floral Products stopped growing roses in 1995.