Root Brothers Building (1900) (9)

© Photographed May 3, 2017
Omro, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44°02'22.2"N 88°44'43.0"W
44.039507, -88.745286
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Root Brothers Building     1900
123 W. Main Street
This building was built to house the Root Bros. hardware store. Its design was clearly influenced by the larger, slightly older I.O.O.F. building next door. Of special note are the still-intact cast iron posts that framed the original first story display windows. Such ornate posts were once a feature of most of Omro’s nineteenth century storefronts, but many have since been lost to remodeling. The Root Bros. sold hardware here until 1905, when G.W. Brooks purchased the building for his grain, feed, and farm machinery business. Then, in 1918, Frank Mitchell purchased the building and a portion of it was used as a barber shop by his son, Clyde Mitchell, until 1972. The building is located within the Omro Downtown Historic District.
The building is accessible from westbound West Main Street, west of its intersection with South Webster Avenue, at or near 123 West Main Street, Omro, Wisconsin 54963.

The small plaque is visible to the right.

The marker is affixed to the facade, visible to the left of the tree.

The building and marker are located on Omro, Wisconsin.

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