John D. Richardson Dry Goods Co.
This seven-story Richardsonian Romanesque was designed by Emond Eckel, a leading Missouri architect.
Backstory and Context
John Richardson was born in Maryland in 1847 and moved to St. Joseph in 1870 to take a position with the railroad. In the early 1880s, he partnered with John Brittain and became a wholesaler of dry goods. Until the company went out of business in the Great Depression, this building would have been full of food, spices, tobacco, coffee beans, and other items.
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