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Albia in Monroe County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

8-10 South Main Street

 
 
8-10 South Main Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
1. 8-10 South Main Street Marker
Inscription.  
This building was built in 1879 by pioneer attorney John S. Townsend who owned many buildings himself and with his law partner T. B. Perry Sr. This utilitarian style double front building has housed a number of service and retail businesses.

The brick frieze is the most notable feature of this building. It appears on no other building in Albia.

These single story structures most often housed service businesses and were generally located off the Square on side streets.

For many years the south side housed the offices and press room of the Albia Union Newspaper. If you look closely inside you can see the uneven floor in areas where concrete was poured underneath the wooden floors to support the weight of the printing press.

Please proceed to 14 South Main Street.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCommunicationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
 
Location. 41° 1.61′ N, 92° 48.417′ W. Marker is in Albia, Iowa, in Monroe County. Marker is on
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South Main Street (Iowa Route 5) south of Benton Avenue East (County Road H35), on the right when traveling north. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, on the center column dividing the west façade. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 South Main Street, Albia IA 52531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 14 South Main Street (a few steps from this marker); Townsend's Corner Block (a few steps from this marker); 18-20 South Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Doughtery & Son Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 20-24 South Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe County Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); J. C. Morrison Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Albia Square and Commercial Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albia.
 
Regarding 8-10 South Main Street. Contributing property, Albia Square and Central Commercial Historic District, NRHP #85000007.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Albia Square and Central Commercial Historic District
 
8-10 South Main Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
2. 8-10 South Main Street Marker
8-10 South Main Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
3. 8-10 South Main Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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