661 Main Street, Worcester, MA 1940 Art Deco Style Architect: Sumner Schein of Boston
The Sears Roebuck building was an unusual example of a brock commercial building with streamlined art deco elements. It was built as a modern retail department store meant to convey newness and enthusiasm for the national brand. Sears operated out of this location until the 1970’s when the suburban mall model became popular. This particular site has a history of demolition. Sears, Roebuck demolished the First Baptist Church that had been on the site since 1906 to construct their store. Prior, the First Baptist Church demolished the Ephraim Mower Mansion which had been on the site a century prior to build their church. What building will fill this empty lot?