Wholesale Row

Also known as: Wholesale Row Historic District
Bounded by Jules, 3rd, 4th, and Francis Sts., St. Joseph, Missouri

This Historic District now contains 4 buildings along 4th Street in St. Joseph, Mo.


Area photo of Wholesale Row

photo taken facing south

Photo taken by iconions in June 2013



Street View 


From the National Register application: http://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/77000800.pdf

"The Wholesale Row Historic District is contained within Block 42 in the original town of the city of St. Joseph,Missouri. It is a commercial district, originally developed for wholesale use and later used partially for manufacturing.

The area on the western edge of the central edge of the central business district is two blocks north of the Market Square Historic District which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places prior to its almost total demolition by the local Land Clearance for Urban Renewal office in 1973. A fragment of the Market Square district survives in the revised National Register entry, Missouri Valley Trust Company Historic District. To the northeast of the district is the Buchanan County Courthouse, constructed 1873-1876, also enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places. To the east, west and south of the extant buildings were former commercial buildings of similar architectural style which have been demolished, thus reducing this grouping of late, nineteenth century warehouse structures and making it all the more urgent to recognize the examples which remain in this downtown area which is experiencing a rapid rate of clearance.

The district includes five (now four) High Victorian Italianate warehouse buildings:

1. (no longer standing) Noyes-Norman Building 209-211 N. 3rd St., constructed 1872. It is the earliest of the extant buildings in this wholesale district. 2. R.L. McDonald and Co. Building, also known as the Big Smith Building, 202 N. 4th St., constructed 1880. This building is now unoccupied but is undergoing appropriate renovation by an investment company which owns it. 3. Englehart-Winning & Co. [south] Building, 212 N. 4th St., constructed 1880 and now unoccupied. 4. Englehart-Winning & Co. [north] Building, now the Boston House and Window Cleaning Co., 216-218 N. 4th St., constructed 1884. 5. Brittian-Richardson & Co. Building, now unoccupied, 224 N. 4th., constructed 1882.

These warehouses are constructed of red brick with trim of stone, wood, cast iron, terra cotta and pressed metal. The exposed end walls on the eastern half of the block (Jules Street to the north and Francis Street to the south) have fully developed facade treatment. The rear facades have windows, but are plain. As the site slopes downward from east to west, the basements of the four buildings on the eastern half of the block are at ground level on the west alley passing behind them."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 19, 1977
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1872; 1880; 1884
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5


19th Century (37,869)
Brick (42,462)
Buchanan County, Missouri (77)
Built 1872 (431)
Built during 1870s (5,026)
District (10,528)
Edmund Jacques Eckel (3)
Have Street View (46,680)
Italianate (5,114)
Missouri (4,893)
Private owner (54,398)
St. Joseph, Missouri (50)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)

Update Log 

  • May 9, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger