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24043 (520) W. Lockport Street – Joe Bootz’s Saloon (1900)

This one-story brick building was built after the 1899 fire in a simple commercial vernacular style with a pressed metal cornice. The storefront includes original cast iron columns and a beam with rosettes.  It has been rebuilt in a period-appropriate manner with wood bulkheads and windows including a canvas awning. The upper façade is of red face brick with protruding diamond patterns and a dentil course below the cornice. The cornice has end brackets, a dentil course, and ornamental panels matching those to the east and west.


Joe Bootz was the local sheriff, who lived on the north side of Lockport Street for a time, and owned the saloon.   After the saloon closed, it housed Ordings’ Bakery (1920s-1940s) for many years and later the Plainfield Bakery in the 1950s.  It also served as Plainfield Village Pharmacy, Midwest Indoor Gardens, and Flowers by Salerno.


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