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 +====== American Building ======
 +{{:​amerbldg_1909.jpg|amerbldg_1909.jpg}}The American Building stood on the corner of [[Arsenal_Street|Arsenal Street]] and [[Public_Square|Public Square]] in [[Watertown|Watertown]]. The structure was built by Thomas Wheeler in 1850 after Wheeler'​s [[American_House|American House]] burned in the [[Great_Fire_of_1849|Fire of 1849]]. In its early years, the building served as both a hotel and a shopping arcade. The building is most famous for being the home of Smith and Moore Dry Goods Store.
 +| [[http://​i702.photobucket.com/​albums/​ww22/​JeffCoWikiPhotos/​Jefferson_County/​Watertown/​fwwoolworthstore1905.png|{{http://​i702.photobucket.com/​albums/​ww22/​JeffCoWikiPhotos/​Jefferson_County/​Watertown/​fwwoolworthstore1905.png|Smith & Moore'​s Store}}]] |
 +| Smith & Moore'​s Store |
 +\\ \\  In 1878, [[Frank_Winfield_Woolworth|FW Woolworth]],​ working as a clerk at Smith and Moore'​s,​ was asked by store owner William Moore to man a counter in which items were set at a price of five cents a piece. Fixed priced merchandise was unheard of at this time, and the success of this idea led to Woolworth leaving [[Watertown|Watertown]] and starting the Woolworth chain of department stores. Smith and Moore'​s later became a member of the Woolworth'​s Department Store Syndicate.\\ \\ [[Frank_Winfield_Woolworth|F. W. Woolworth]] bought the American Building, along with a portion of the [[Paddock_Building|Paddock Building]] in 1916 with the intention of building a new building on the site. After [[Frank_Winfield_Woolworth|Woolworth'​s]] death in 1919, the Woolworth Corporation tore down the American Building, along with the portion of the [[Paddock_Building|Paddock Building]] to make way for the [[Woolworth_Building|Woolworth Building]], which was completed in 1921.\\ \\ \\ \\ 
 +===== See Also =====
 +[[Historic_Structures_in_Watertown|Historic Structures in Watertown]]
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