P A Blackwell Co

This property is half of the William Soaper Building constructed in 1870. 217-219 was mirrored to the building still standing to the South.

Description of the remaining half of the building, 213-215 N Main, taken from the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form – Henderson Commercial District.

“213 North Main. The property is one-fourth of the original William Soaper Building constructed in 1870. Number 24 and this building were originally mirrored to the north, but those portions have been torn down. The tall narrow brick masonry commercial building has a slightly gabled roof and is one of the most intact Italianate properties in the District. Metal components include a deep cornice with paneled frieze and paired brackets? window architraves with elliptical and gabled pediments with corbels; a bracketed storefront cornice? and three-bay storefront with square columns joined with basket arches. Windows are narrow sash with curved tops.

213 North Main. One Forth of the original 1870 Soaper Block a three-story, four-bay commercial building, shorter in height than its component to the north. The Italianate building features a brick veneer with terra cotta egg and dart curved hoods springing from terra cotta capped piers. Windows are vertically-divided sash with curved top sash. The original metal cornice has been removed and replaced with a plain metal cornice but the original metal storefront with corbelled and bracketed cornice and four bays divided by square paneled piers has been retained.”

Occupied by the P.A. Blackwell & Co Wholesale Hardware and Builders material, a successful hardware provider in Henderson run by Paul A Blackwell and his son William Blackwell.

A circus parade proceeds along Main Street between Second and Third streets around 1890. Photo from Henderson County Historical & Genealogical Society


1929 photo in front of P A Blackwell and Co. Image from WKU Kentucky Museum

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