527-31 Third Street

Built ca.  1883.  Unusual when compared to other commercial structures in Eureka, the Joseph Russ Building is important as an attempt to transfer the Queen Anne idiom to a commercial building. The storefront is interesting for its checkered capitals, “squeezed” pediment ornament over the doors, and sunburst motifs in the transoms. The asymmetrical second floor, reminiscent of similar residential treatments, is dominated by a wide slanted bay projection. Consistent decorative treatment is found in the repetition of the “squeezed” pediment over the window frames and above the bay projection at the parapet level.

(Credit: Eureka: An Architectural View)