Here at 40 South News we care about our readers. When the subject is terra cotta, you don’t have to go to the terra cotta…we bring it to you. So sit back in your comfortable chair and prepare to have another digital armload of terra cotta dumped right in your lap.
We are lucky in Maplewood to have several outstanding historic commercial buildings. A few of these like the subject of the last post, 3101-03 Sutton, are fortunate to have survived with much of their original details intact. The Maplewood Theater/Scheidt Hardware building is another one.
The theater business must have been tough. Built in 1910, it was used as a theater building for only a short time. Doing business as the Maplewood Theater when it opened, it closed 3 or 4 years later, reopened in 1915 as the Maplewood Lyric Theater, closed again and was sold to Emil L. Scheidt in 1916.
Emil L., one of our towns many hardwarians when he opened, founded a solid business that would eventually trump his competitors. His son, Emil C. ably succeeded him and passed it to his son, Robert. Bob, who did time as a Maplewood councilman, has only recently retired and preserved this Maplewood institution by selling it to two of the nicest guys out there, Ben Reynolds and George McCandliss.
If you’re not buying everything you possibly can at Scheidt Hardware ask yourself why? These two fine fellows on top of making shopping for your hardware and household needs as convenient as possible are preserving one of our absolute best historic buildings.
- Maplewood History: Whole Lotta Terra Cotta – Part 1
- Maplewood History: Whole Lotta Terra Cotta – Part 2
- Maplewood History: Whole Lotta Terra Cotta – Part 3
- Maplewood History: Whole Lotta Terra Cotta – Part 4
- Maplewood History: Whole Lotta Terra Cotta – Part 5
- Maplewood History: Whole Lotta Terra Cotta – Last Word