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The lost Vitrolite lobby - March 2001
701 N. 11th Street
Originally: Hadley Dean Glass Company
Architect: Isaac Tayor, 1903; Oscar Enders, 1928 (lobby)
Technically it's not on Washington Avenue, but it's close enough to be worth including. The warehouse building has a massive structural system designed to hold up many tons of stored glass. In 1930, the lobby was remodeled with then-popular Egyptian motifs rendered in glass-like Vitrolite.
Inside and out, this was one of the most refined buildings found around the
avenue. It has been very handsomely renovated and maintained in recent years -- until 2004, when the Vitrolite lobby was inexplicably destroyed to make way for restaurant space. The Avenue -- and the city -- has lost one of its most unique spaces.
Ecology of Absence page on Hadley-Dean
National Register of Historic Places nomination (PDF file)