Historic District Downtown Building Inventory
A.D. Fox & Sons, Pomeroy Downtown Historic District (Site ID 17)
According to the 1896 Sanbom Fire Insurance Map, a 30'x30' masonry structure stood on the site and housed the photography business of Almeron D. Fox. Fox arrived in Pomeroy in 1890 to start a photography studio and, most likely, erected the building around 1891. Fox enlarged (30'x40') his original studio by 1908. Fox operated the business with his son Jerry until his death in 1925. Jerry began managing the business about 1906 until the late 1920s when the business was liquidated. Jerry was a talented musician and organized the Pomeroy Band. His own band, the Fox Orchestra, often played for the silent films shown at the Seeley Theatre. Jerry Fox's career was cut short when an accident damaged his eyesight.
The Fox Photography Studio, a one-story brick building, has a corbeled brick cornice covered with a skim coat of stucco on the east bay and a brick parapet (partially removed) on the west bay. Corbeled pilasters separate the two bays. The building has a projecting stringcourse above the semicircular one-over-one double-hung wood sash windows. Heavy hood molds above the windows and door on the east bay create an arcade effect. These window types were used in the pre-1900 buildings (#45 and #46) in downtown. The two entrance doors are made of wood panels. Most of the original brick was covered with stucco prior to 1948 to preserve the exterior surface.
Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates
Washington's Birthday Message from February 1924, East Washingtonian
Come to the Picnic in Mayview!
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