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Charleston, Illinois


Coles County



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409 7th St.

Construction Date: ca 1900

409 7th st




Large two story brick and wood building with an adjacent parking lot. The lower facade accommodates the angled entrance to the restaurant, along with large steel frame and plate glass display windows. The most prominent feature of the building is the bracketed cornice atop a frieze decorated with garlands.









413-417 7th St.

Construction Date: ca 1900

One-part commercial block. 417 has a single-pane picture window, framed by shutters, with an angled entrance. An awning covered in wood shingles separates the lower facade from the upper facade. On the lower facade of 413 and 415, there is a large steel-framed plate glass display window and an angled entrance. A dentilated and bracketed cornice runs the entire length of the building.


701, 703 Monroe St.

Construction Date: 1913

A two-story, stylized Classical Revival, masonry brick building. Each facade is divided into three registers by brick and concrete pilasters, which are crowned by a continuous entablature engraved with "The First National Bank." The pedimented parapet is capped with limestone.


705 Monroe St.

Will Rogers Movie Theater

Construction Date: February 8th, 1938

will rogers theater

This movie theater is Art Moderne in style. The most prominent feature on this building is the vertical "Will Rogers" sign which is decorated with terra cotta tile. The marquee below is three sided and embellished with lights. The whole facade is covered with colorful terra cotta tile.





707,709,711,713 Monroe St.

Construction Date: 1938

will rogers buildings











In the same Art Moderne style of the Will Rogers Theater. The front facade houses two large, steel frame plate glass display windows on a base separated by an entrance way and door. The lower front facade is covered with large black and red terra tile design that extends into the upper facade, which has colorful terra cotta tiles in a checkerboard pattern.

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