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McKinney-Campbell Block, Carman

The McKinney-Campbell Block, which went up in 1903, is a good example of the kind of commercial establishments that provided townsfolk and farming families with a variety of services and products. The building is also a key local example of the kind of architectural vocabulary used on this type of building in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—in this case the handsome and robust Romanesque Revival style. As was typical of the style, the building is of brick construction, which was exploited by designers for its great visual effects, seen here in a wealth of features and details—roofline edging, intricate brick surrounds over windows and wrapping around the building, and building-edge pilasters highlighted at their tops with corbel tables.

The building was actually two buildings in one, and the names of the partners can still be seen in the limestone panels in the second floor—McKinney’s Block and Campbell’s Block

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