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Property Name Lewis System Armored Car and Detective Service Building
Reference Number 16000689
State IA
County Woodbury
Town Sioux City
Street Address 700 Nebraska St.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/4/2016
Areas of Significance Commerce, Law
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The Lewis System Armored Car and Detective Building is locally significant under Criteria A as it is associated with the history of private investigation and the development of armored car service use by banks and other businesses in Sioux City and in Iowa. The property is also significant under Criteria B as it is associated with the life of Harry Lewis, who was the founder and owner of the security business, Lewis System and Armored Car Service. This building is the most significant building associated specifically with Harry Lewis. The period of significance is 1942 to 1957; 1942 was the year that the Lewis System moved into the building and 1957 is the year when Paul Lewis died. Paul was the last of the original owners. In that same year, Lewis System was sold to Samartick and Company, of Omaha. Lewis System was operated at 700 Nebraska Street until 1969.

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