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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Babbitt Brothers Building

1888

 
 
Babbitt Brothers Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
1. Babbitt Brothers Building Marker
Inscription. In 1888, David Babbitt, who had been running a lumber yard on this site, decided to construct a general store. Starting in late summer, he built a 35 X 70 foot structure on this corner, with the long side of the building running west along Aspen Avenue. He used red Moencopi sandstone, locally quarried, as his principal material.
His brothers William, George, Charles and Edward eventually joined him in the enterprise. In 1891, when Coconino County was formed, it had no office building, so the Babbitt Brothers added to their building, renting space to the county. From 1891 – 1894, part of this building was, in effect, the Coconino County Courthouse. In 1904, another addition was constructed. The additions ran north along San Francisco Street, and then wrapped around the original core to meet Aspen Avenue.
The Babbitt Brothers store eventually grew to become the largest department store in Arizona and had an amazing array of goods under it roof.
In 1957, during a modernizing campaign, a smooth stucco facing was placed over the original red sandstone. Thirty years later, competition from shopping centers forced the closure of the grand old store. In 1990, the stucco facing was removed and the Aspen Avenue additions to the structure were cut away, saving the San Francisco side of the building and restoring its original
Babbitt Brothers Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
2. Babbitt Brothers Building Marker
The marker is mounted on the wall at the corner of the building.
appearance.
 
Erected 1995 by Babbitt Foundation, Richard & Sherry Mangum & Main Street Foundation.
 
Location. 35° 11.891′ N, 111° 38.859′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is at the intersection of East Aspen Avenue and North San Francisco Street. on East Aspen Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 East Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Verkamp Building (a few steps from this marker); Ricket & Brooks Bldg. (within shouting distance of this marker); Flagstaff's Founding (within shouting distance of this marker); Donahue Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Weatherford Hotel (about 400 feet away); Aubineau / Andreatos Building (about 400 feet away); Telephone Exchange (about 400 feet away); Coconino Chop House (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Babbitt Brothers Building image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
3. Babbitt Brothers Building
Babbitt Brothers Building image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
4. Babbitt Brothers Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 582 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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