A relatively late
addition to the port, this commercial warehouse is one of more
eclectic and inventive buildings in the area. Its design combines
Romanesque Revival architectural elements with terra-cotta decoration
reminiscent of Art Nouveau. Easy to manipulate and inexpensive to
produce, terra-cotta allowed flexibility and creativity in ornamentation.
The warehouse is decorated with tobacco plant and leaf motifs which
reveals the commom turn-of-the-century practice of incorporating American
motifs into a stylistic language imported from Europe. This
decorative program announces the building's function in symbolic terms.
84-85 South St., G. Curtis Gillespie (1902)