Damon Building (former R.H. Rose Mercantile), 101 East Third Street
Damon Building with a late 20th century remodeled facade.
Main Street side of the Damon Building showing more original building details.
Carthage Foundry name at bottom of cast iron pillar details.
Damon Building as pictured in the 1888 Carthage City Directory.
R. H. Rose Mercantile Company packing tissue from the turn-of-the-twentieth-century as displayed in 175th Anniversary of Carthage Exhibit in 2017.
Digitization on CLIO is part of Powers Museum's "Digital Carthage" project in honor of Carthage's 175th Anniversary Celebration (March 28, 2017 through March 27, 2018).
Funding for the Walking in the Wards tour was made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Spring 2017.
Backstory and Context
Eventually three storefronts were created in the former mercantile space and offices were opened on the second floor. During the remainder of the twentieth century, among the various occupants of these spaces included the following: Reynolds Hardware, Edmiston's Department Store, Wallingford Shoe Company, Barnes Jewelry, and Baird News. In the1980s, the Flatlander Gallery was located here and sold artwork by Carthage artist Lowell Davis, creator of Red Oak II village located northeast of Carthage.
The first floor of the historic front facade was covered in the 1970s but the western wall of the building still exhibits Carthage limestone keystones above the bricked-in windows on the second floor and many Carthage Foundry-made cast iron pillars on the first floor.
Vandergriff, Sue. Then and Now. Carthage MO: author, 2003.
Powers Museum Vertical Files: Damon Building & Rose Mercantile.
2017 Building photographs by Michele Hansford.
Building illustration former Powers Museum exhibit image.
Wrapping paper in Powers Museum Collection.