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May 2004. Signs read, floor by floor:
6: ...ndy Clayton - Mfrs. of Sportswear
4: Bee "Popularity" Gloves(?). Headwear and Hunting.
3: Bee "Popularity" Caps - Caps of Distinction.
2: Custom Made Bee Felt Hats.
1: Ber-Neu Leather Goods.
November 2008: Bee Hat Company - Hats, Caps and Gloves
December 2007 - Bee Hat Lofts; Paperdolls; The Dubliner.
1021 Washington Avenue
Bee Hat Lofts
Originally: 11th Street Realty Company1
Later: Bee Hat Company Building
Architect: Isaac Taylor, 1899
Originally constructed for a real estate company, 1021 housed at least two different shoe companies in its early decades. The Bee Hat Company moved in in 1944, using the building for warehousing and sales2. In 2000 they moved out. Remediation and renovation began in 2005, converting the building to residential units with two retail spaces on the street. The renovation also included night lighting of the building's cornice, and the return of a pipe system that blows steam out of the mouths of the second-story decorative lion heads.
It's easily the most pruriently appealing building on the avenue. Don't stare, fellahs!
National Register of Historic Places nomination for Washington Avenue east of Tucker.