The Building

The Calhoun Commercial Club building is located mid- block between Lyndale and Aldrich Avenue South. The Classical Revival style, six-story building is sixty feet wide, 100 feet deep and constructed of reinforced concrete with hollow terra-cotta walls. The front of the building is faced with limestone on the first two stories and dark red brick, laid in Flemish bond on the upper stories. The two-story base has two storefronts flanking a central entrance. Each storefront has a large window above a stone bulkhead and a recessed wood and glass entry door. A full-width transom above the window and doorway contains Luxfer prism glass, a popular system for enhancing natural lighting inside stores in the early twentieth century. The facades on the east and west sides are faced with buff-colored brick that is keyed to the front. Bands of darker brick add interest to the side facades which are punctuated by window openings. A comparison of historic photographs with existing design, show that window openings have been added. Painted wall signs on both sides of the building identify it as the Calhoun Building.