Jones Brothers Furniture Company | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

The Jones Brothers Furniture Company was founded in 1902, following the boom that occurred after the Great Fire of 1901. It was owned by W.G. and Michael K. Jones, who employed their younger brother R.L. Jones to work in the store. They had a building built in 1913 on Main Street which was later demolished in the 1960s.

By 1910, R.L. Jones started a rival company, Standard Furniture. In 1926, he developed this building, one story taller than his brothers’ six story building, to house his prospering business. Designed by Jefferson D Powell, the building was constructed out of reinforced concrete and features Mediterranean Revival detailing at its upper level, as well as originally having a suspended canopy over the main entrance. Other notable features include prism glass above the street-level entrance, the seventh-floor windows with their wrought-iron balconies and spiral columns, and a decorative wrought-iron staircase visible from inside the lobby.

In later years, R.L. Jones’ sons purchased Jones Furniture Company and merged the two companies together, forming one of the largest family owned businesses. They kept the Jones Brothers name and continued operating out of the Hogan Street building.

Now empty and in a state of neglect, there were plans to turn the building into an office complex for attorneys who frequent the courthouse just a few blocks away, but that never came to fruition. The building is currently for sale for $950,000.







13 Comments

  1. how do you get permission to enter these places…or how do you?

  2. My wife and I just bought an old two door cabinet. It is pretty much in original condition. There are 3 shelves per side. I was told it was oak. The staining isn’t the highest quality and the saw cuts would indicate the saw blade was at least 15″.

    Both doors were fitted with keyholes. Someone hacked into that area and put magnetic latches on it, but that is all. I bought 4 standard casters and they fit right on it, raising it up and now it looks less dumpy.

    The inside walls have peg holes for pegs to hold the 6 shelves. Each metal peg has a 7 on one side, raised, and Pat 97 on the other, so I guess they are patented 1897. I am missing one of them.

    The back has N. L. Jones, Carrollton, IL. in stencil. There is a hand written #398 in large letters. You can see from the tacks that it may have had a fiberboard sheet nailed over the back to hide the construction.

    Thank you for your excellent tour.

  3. i would love to know your friend of a friend of a friend…i have several clients who would love their pictures done at abandoned buildings. love you blog btw.

    • I don’t know about any other location, but as far as Public School #4 is concerned (Annie Lytle), I have a friend that contacted the owner and was granted permission to do a photo project there. There is also a volunteer group that meets there on Saturday mornings that have permission to be there – you can contact them here http://www.savepublicschoolnumber4.com/contact-us.html. I assume if you can find ownership for other buildings, you can contact the property owner for permission.

  4. Are you ever concerned that you are breathing in harmful mold or asbestos?

  5. is this building still standing? and explorable?

  6. Do you know who the owners are?

  7. Where can I find for sale info?

  8. Where can I find for sale info? Tia

  9. What city?