by Michael R. Allen
Within the rich architectural range of Cherokee Street’s commercial buildings is the neat storefront addition at 2839 Cherokee (north side of street between Oregon and Nebraska). The parent building, which dates to 1904, is striking with its stepped parapet walls and center gable. The addition is covered in a Permastone-like material, except for the transom ribbon and cornice, which remain in original condition under bright paint. The three vertical lines at each end of the cornice add a subtle elegance to the composition. While the cornice is quite plain, and I am sure the builder was being economical, the spare geometry gives those lines a visual punch they would never have in a more ornate design.