Because the Cross House was designed by architect Charles W. Squires, I have become a, well, Squires groupie. I am ever-alert to new Squires sightings, and have a fantasy that an app will be invented for my smart phone which will allow me to time-travel so I can meet up with Charley and have a nice long chat. I would also not depart back to 2015 until Charley assured that his archives were in safe hands. When Squires died in 1934, nobody would have cared about his professional archive. Today, I would kill for it.
Squires was incredibly prolific, and he, without question, designed more structures in Emporia than any other architect. Indeed, Emporia can call itself the Squires Capital of the United States. Yet, less than a dozen structures have been confirmed as by Squires as the architect’s archives have been lost. This is most vexing!
So, when I drive around Emporia, I look for buildings which display signature Squires design elements.
Recently, 810 Market came on the market. I did not give it a glance because the exterior displays no signature Squires elements. However, as it is in my neighborhood, I was curious to go inside via Zillow.
The first clue which captured my special attention was:
However, perhaps the window was salvaged from a demolished Squires structure? Still, I was now On Alert.
Then there was this image:
Whoee! Now I was pretty sure. 810 Market was surely by Squires.
Then came this doozy:
The trim was the jackpot! There was now no question: 810 was by Charles. W. Squires.
As of 3/28/15, 810 Market is for sale. If you are interested, please contact Lacie Hamlin.