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Property Name Stranges Grocery
Reference Number 13000079
State Colorado
County Mesa
Town Grand Junction
Street Address 226 Pitkin Avenue, Colorado
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 03/20/2013
Areas of Significance Commerce, Ethnic Heritage-European, Architecture
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Stranges Grocery is significant at the local level under Criterion A in the areas of Commerce and European Ethnic Heritage from 1909 to 1963, and Criterion C in the area of Architecture for the years 1909-1924. The grocery represents the social and commercial development of Grand Junction's Little Italy, which has largely disappeared. This store is representative of the strong commercial center that helped Little Italy remain viable. Going to the local market was something that occurred either every day, or every couple of days; beyond being a necessary shopping trip, it also served as social center for the community. 3 Stranges Grocery exemplifies the central role of Little Italy in the local Italian community. Stranges is also one of the few remaining buildings in Grand Junction built of rusticated sandstone. Though the Stranges Grocery building is not a pure form of either Italianate or Romanesque Revival, it is a local derivation reflecting regional architecture. In addition, the grocery stands as an example of the masonry works of the well-known Grasso family. Stranges Grocery is significant due to its architectural style and materials as well as its association with Grand Junction's Little Italy.


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