Kickapoo Building (A.K.A. Anheuser-Busch Building)
The Anheuser-Busch name adorns the top of the historic, flatiron-shaped Kickapoo Building, marking its original purpose when it was built in 1911. Peoria emerged as town known for its burgeoning distilling and brewing industries, and Anheuser-Busch beer company sought a place to strengthen its presence in the growing city. Because of Peoria's position along the Illinois River, its street layout provided for many triangular plots of land. The flatiron building -- shaped like an iron used in a home, became a popular choice, and that includes the Kickapoo Building built by the brewery. The Kickapoo names comes from a hotel that occupied the second floor in its later years.
Backstory and Context
Harland Bartholomew & Associates. A Comprehensive City Plan, Peoria, Illinois. Peoria: Greater Peoria Civic Association, 1937. http://hdl.handle.net/10111/UIUCOCA:comprehensivecit00harl.
Klein, Jerry. "Made in Peoria. The Birth of an Industry." Peoria Magazine. peoriamagazines.com. January, 2011. https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ibi/2011/jan/made-peoria-birth-industry
"Peoria Illinois History." Peoria.com. Accessed May 16, 2019. https://www.peoria.com/community/history.php.
Ogg, Bryan J. Peoria Spirits: The Story of Peoria's Brewing and Distilling Industries. Peoria: Peoria Historical Society, 1996.
Kickapoo Building in Peoria with view of Anheuser-Busch name and logo amidst signs for the cleaners: Photo is part of a collection located at http://stlouispatina.com/anheuser-buschkickapoo-building-peoria/.
1911 Photo from the Peoria Historical Society: Located at https://www.peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-s-kickapoo-building-gets-national-recognition#stream/0
2016 Photo: By Jonathunder - Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49783541