Babbitt Brothers Building

Babbitt Brothers Building (HM14F5)

Location: Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Coconino County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 11.891', W 111° 38.859'

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In 1888, David Babbitt, who had been running a lumber yard on this site, decided to construct a general store. Starting in late summer, he built a 35 X 70 foot structure on this corner, with the long side of the building running west along Aspen Avenue. He used red Moencopi sandstone, locally quarried, as his principal material.
His brothers William, George, Charles and Edward eventually joined him in the enterprise. In 1891, when Coconino County was formed, it had no office building, so the Babbitt Brothers added to their building, renting space to the county. From 1891 - 1894, part of this building was, in effect, the Coconino County Courthouse. In 1904, another addition was constructed. The additions ran north along San Francisco Street, and then wrapped around the original core to meet Aspen Avenue.
The Babbitt Brothers store eventually grew to become the largest department store in Arizona and had an amazing array of goods under it roof.
In 1957, during a modernizing campaign, a smooth stucco facing was placed over the original red sandstone. Thirty years later, competition from shopping centers forced the closure of the grand old store. In 1990, the stucco facing was removed and the Aspen Avenue additions to the structure were cut away, saving the San Francisco side of the building and restoring its original appearance.
HM NumberHM14F5
Year Placed1995
Placed ByBabbitt Foundation, Richard & Sherry Mangum & Main Street Foundation
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 8:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 441043 N 3895213
Decimal Degrees35.19818333, -111.64765000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 11.891', W 111° 38.859'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 11' 53.46" N, 111° 38' 51.54" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12 E Aspen Ave, Flagstaff AZ 86001, US
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