Historic Architecture Downtown Richmond:
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809-815 East Main Street

Italianate (1877) and Queen Anne style (1888)

The store on the right, 809 East Main, of this landmark store was designed by Architect John A. Hasecoster in 1877. The Italianate, three story building replaced a wooden, two-story building that George Knollenberg had established on this site in 1863. The Knollenberg family migrated to Richmond in 1845 from Astrup, Germany. The dry goods business that they established grew and expanded into the largest retail store in Richmond.

The store on the left, 815 East Main, was also designed by Hasecoster in 1888. It is a rare example of commercial Queen Anne style architecture. The Queen Anne style was popular from 1885-1905. The style featured asymmetrical arrangements of towers, balconies, bay windows, and other decorative elements that had an international appeal. A third 8th Street addition, The Annex, was added around 1900, illustrating the sustained growth of the Richmond economy through this period of industrial expansion.

Photo: Knollenberg's Building, 809-815 East Main St., 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.

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