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The Many Lives of 210 E. Huron

 

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In the 155 years since that first appearance, 210 East Huron has changed beyond recognition-not once, but three times:

it grew a commercial storefront as a nineteenth-century barbershop; housed a bakery and an auto parts store when Huron was a busy highway; and disappeared behind an avant-garde facade as an architect's showpiece office.

By comparison, its latest renovation is almost invisible from the street. Inside, though, it's the biggest change yet: after a just-completed half-million-dollar renovation, it's downtown's greenest office building.

Greek Revival was a residential style, so presumably 210 was built as a private home. By 1879, though, it housed George Stein's meat market. At first Stein lived on the premises, but by 1888 he was doing well enough to buy a home elsewhere.

After Stein left in the mid-1890s, the building became W. F. Wanzeck's barbershop. Wanzeck added a new facade flush with the street, hiding the original house. Albert Watson, house painter, decorator, and paperhanger, moved in by 1906 and was replaced in 1909 by shoemaker Thomas Lovell, who in turn was succeeded by-or perhaps renamed-the Wear-You-Well Shoe Company.

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