The Parlet Building, Spring, 2021
Historic District Downtown Building Inventory
Parlet Building (Site ID 2)
Classification: Historic Contributing
Description: The two-story rectangular building has a sloped roof enclosed by a raised brick parapet. The Parlet Building has a projecting cornice, interior brick chimneys, decorative square stucco panels in the frieze flanking the stucco sign ~~ panel stating "1915 Parlet 1915", three bays separated by raised brick pilasters, and second-story fixed-pane windows on the front (south) facade. Concrete lintels with keystones are above the upper story windows. The building has a rock and concrete foundation. All the storefront windows and doors, and the side windows have been altered (circa 1960s); however, the window and bay openings are intact. A one-story addition was built on the east side of the building circa 1929 for use as a machine shop. The addition has a flat roof, brick veneer siding, masonry foundation, and a roll-up metal garage door. Cultural Data: According to the 1896 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, a small furniture and barbershop stood on this site. These smaller buildings were replaced in 1915 when ranchers F.I. and Ella Parlet constructed the existing building as an investment property. The upper story was designed for use as professional offices (later apartments) and the lower floor as a commercial garage space. J.M. Felthouse and Hadley Ford Garage were early occupants of the garage, and Jim A. Butler, owner of Butler Motor Company, occupied the commercial space from 1923 to his death in 1948. The building remained in the Parlet family after F.I. and Ella's deaths in the 1930s. The family sold the building to Ferd Herres in 1959 for his Chevrolet Dealership. The upstairs is currently used for apartments.
Based on research by Donovan & Associates.
Ferd Herres Chevrolet
December 24, 1970, Christmas advertising special, E-W
(Farm & Home Supply was across the street from Ferd's Chevrolet dealership.)
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