New life for the Allen Building

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CHRIS RODEN FOR THE LACLEDE RECORD

To look at it today, it seems unlikely to some that the Allen building, former site of the H.D. Lee factory, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Located at 200 Commercial Street in Lebanon, the over 72,000 square foot building sits vacant with most of its windows covered and its air conditioning non-functioning.
Thanks to Capstone Development, a company that wants to develop the Allen Building into lofts, its final chapter has not been written.
Its first chapter goes back much further than the decades of employment it provided to locals as a H.D. Lee jeans factory.
According to its application for historic place status prepared by Emily Lenhausen and Rachel Nugent with Rosin Preservation, LLC, it was originally the Rice-Stix Building, so named for two of its three owners, Henry Rice and William Stix.
Benjamin Eiseman, another owner of the Rice-Stix Dry Goods Company that originated in Memphis, Tenn. in 1865, went unmentioned in its name.
The company moved into Missouri and expanded into three other states in 1923.

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