Eastman Kodak Building
Later the Thaxton Building
1009 Olive Street
Architect: Klipstein and Rathmann
Built as a prototype display space for Eastman Kodak. The building housed DeMay Furs Ltd. ("Complete Fur Servicing") until 2001; today it is an event space.
The narrow three story building features a white terra cotta facade arranged into long, slender piers, with windows and Art Deco sculptural spandrel panels between them. The sculptural motifs are repeated in the terra cotta trim at the roofline. The storefront display and entryway remains fantastically intact today: The angled display case windows, the decorative ceiling, the ornamental terrazzo and bronze entry floor, and the Eastman Kodak initials etched in gray stone trim all remain.
In the early 2000s, this sharp Art Deco building was renovated into a bar and event space with fantastic new Jazz Age decor. The owners have continually upgraded the exterior since then, adding ornamental logos in the window, a fittingly exhuberant vertical neon sign, a delightful street level logo sign, and an entry canopy with the Thaxton logo on the end (which, sadly, covers up most of the aforementioned sign.)
The Thaxton Speakeasy
National Register nomination form
The block in March 2001, pre-renovation.
The block in August 1997, showing the battered condition of the storefront.
March 2001 - the spandrel panels are heavily rusted.