This one story commercial building is L-shaped in plan and has a hip roof with a parapet. Stucco sheaths the exterior. A concrete foundation supports the building. The windows are fixed pane commercial. There are Art Deco style parapets and pilasters and a diagonal corner. The commercial storefront windows are a later addition. Another entrance and separate business is located on the south portion of the building. The building faces west on the corner of South Second Street and "C" Street and is in good condition. The building was constructed by Ross Nelson, around 1930. Nelson was a very influential person in Independence and served on the board of trustees for the First National Bank. He was also the owner of the Isis Theater in downtown Independence.
EC= Eligible/ Contributing
NHD= Listed in Historic District
[Store] Comments: Listed in NR under 269-283 S 2nd St. which incorporates site numbers 56 and 61 in the nomination. 281 S 2nd St has an entrance on the corner of C and 2nd. The southeast corner of this building is connected to the northwest corner of 283 S 2nd, a former garage/warehouse of the same Art Deco design, with the north and south bays filled.
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