Armadillo Restaurant - 819 9TH ST

 Print Listing Historical Name - Baab & Sons Grocery
Style - No Style
Built Year - 1912
State ID - 5WL4149

Description - Two-story rectangular painted brick commercial building with flat roof with cornice with two rows of corbelled brick and frieze enframed with course of molded brick. Second story features four 1/1-light double-hung sash windows with rock-faced stone sills sheltered by curved fabric awning. Off-center narrow arched entrance at east end of first story leading to inset double wood doors with elongated oval lights. Second arched entrance with inset door at west end of façade has wrought iron railing. First story has plate glass display windows with fixed transoms framed in wood. Access to basement created via open stairs with wrought iron railings with decorative tops. Curved fabric awning shelters exposed basement area. Open area extends back under first floor and there are two sets of glazed doors. Rear of building is one-story and displays brick walls with segmental arched windows and a central flush panel door.

Historical Background - The 1909 Sanborn map indicates that a theater was then occupying this lot. The theater was indicated as having an “air dome, no roof” on the map. M.W. Frances applied for a building permit for a building with concrete foundation at this address in 1912. In 1917, Baab & Sons, Grocer, occupied this building. Baab Brothers, Grocer, was operating at 806 9th Street a few years later. In 1920-1922 Boyd’s Market occupied the first floor of this building, while rooms were offered upstairs. A market continued to be housed here through at least 1935, and a beauty shop operated upstairs in 1922-1926. From 1940 through at least 1960, Behrman’s Style Shop was located on the first story and Attorney Robert Behrman had offices upstairs. The 1970 city directory listed Jeweleen’s Fashion House in the upstairs space. The building was extensively remodeled in 1983 by John Anderson, a Greeley builder and businessman. The building was known as Langtry’s at that date.