Downtown Lincoln Haymarket District

20. Henkle & Joyce Hardware Building

800 Q St.
Lincoln, NE 68508

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circa 1887

The Henkle & Joyce Building is one of the key early structures in the Haymarket and is unique for a century of use as a hardware warehouse.  Like the neighboring Seaton & Lea Ironworks across 8th Street, it displays the smaller scale and richer ornamentation characteristic of Haymarket's 19th century buildings compared to the large, early 20th century warehouses that dominate the district, such as the H. P. Lau Building, diagonally across the intersection.

          Jones, Douglas & Company baked crackers and biscuits here from 1887 to 1905.  In the later years they supplied National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), which advertised that their biscuits were "only touched once, and then by a pretty girl."  The bakery was changed to a hardware warehouse in 1905 when it was leased by Lincoln Hardware Company.  Robert M. Joyce and Elmer E. Henkle purchased the property in 1910 and their names remained on the business and buildings into the 21st century.

          Ornamentation of the building is concentrated at the southwest corner, where pilaster strips set off the corner bays as a stubby tower with an arched and corbelled brickwork cornice.  The vertical, painted sign on the west side read "HARDWARE" for nearly a century.  During renovation and additions in 2013-14 to adapt the building for retail spaces and apartments, a cleaning of the brick revealed that an earlier version of the sign read “CRACKERS.”  

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