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Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Kastel Electric

 
 
Kastel Electric Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
1. Kastel Electric Marker
Inscription.  At age 18, Fred Kastel began his career as an electrical contractor in 1906. He would remain in the business for 50 years. For much of his career he installed electrical wiring and fixtures in buildings constructed before the use of electricity was widespread. To encourage people to convert to electric power, he had this building constructed in 1923 to showcase electric lighting. Terra cotta framed the picture windows. Above these windows were squares of prism glass that refracted light deep into the building. Above the showroom Kastel had a pressed metal ceiling installed. Kastel Electric remained in business until 1983.

An antique mall, beauty shop, candle shop, and a coffee house followed Kastel into this location. In 2012 Eckert Florist began operations here.
 
Erected by Belleville Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location. 38° 30.823′ N, 89° 59.22′ W. Marker is in Belleville, Illinois, in St. Clair County
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. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 W Main St, Belleville IL 62220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reichert Business Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Peters Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Ruth A. Sterling (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carrie Thomas Alexander-Bahrenburg (about 700 feet away); Audrey Marsh King (about 700 feet away); Julius Liese (about 700 feet away); Robert "Bob" Goalby (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
 
Regarding Kastel Electric. Fred Kastel died on August 18, 1957 and is buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville. Mark Eckert, who has served as the Mayor of Belleville since 2004 (as of 2020), along with his wife own Eckert Florist.
 
Kastel Electric Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
2. Kastel Electric Marker
Marker is mounted on the right, at Eckert Florist
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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