Townsend Wyatt & Wall Department Store..past..Townsend Wyatt & Wall Lofts present..St Joseph MO

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Summers Realtors

The large building at 602 Francis, St Joseph MO, was built in 1918 as a Department Store where Townsend Wyatt and Wall occupied the building until 1983.

 

Townsend & Wall Sign

Townsend Wyatt and Wall was the lead department store in Downtown St. Joseph, carrying up-scaled clothing, furniture, small appliances and more. 

Residents recall the luncheon counter where shoppers and visitors came for a quick lunch and a fountain coke

The 3rd floor was the mezzanine where shoppers could sit, rest and watch others shopping.  The basement was called the bargain basement where shoppers could save money while still shopping at Townsend Wyatt and Wall. 

Townsend & Wall Lofts

After the doors closed the building remained empty for many years, occasionally being rented for storage.

In the late 1990's the building was purchased by Jeff Smith & Company

This was the first residential rehab project that took place in the Downtown St. Joseph area.  The Townsend building was converted into 46 residential apartments opening in 2003.    

Today,  Jeff Smith & Co. still owns and operates the residential apartment building along with additional properties in St. Joseph.

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Terrie Leighton
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What a beautiful building Dona! I bet the owners did a great job rehabilitating the inside. And it is great to hear they still own the building as well.

August 28, 2009 06:30 PM
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Dona Reynolds
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Prudential Summers Realtors

Hi Terrie,

Great to see you!  Have your kids started back to school yet in Nevada?  The Townsend building has made great loft apartments!  It sat vacant for so long, nice to know that life has been restored rather than deteriorate.  How is your boxer puppy doing?

August 28, 2009 08:23 PM
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Dona Reynolds

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