Hampton Village (Hampton & Chippewa) is like an old friend – not perfect but familiar. Below is the main corner building that houses the JC Penny store. A little predictable but reasonably well proportioned. Large cupola and weathervain – not exactly my style but OK.
Then you’ve got the other old section to the North of the JC Penny. Oh look, another cupola.
In the last 10 years ago the Schnuck’s grocery store was built (started as a National). Here they have a modern take on the cupola. Getting a bit tired of the theme. As an aside, as soon as Schnuck’s took over the location they put up a huge “Double Coupons” sign in the front window. I’ve yet to see such signage in their West County stores. Perhaps municipalities out West have better signage ordinances? Perhaps Schuck’s just doesn’t want to clutter their stores in the county?
Back over to an older part we see another cupola on the section over the current Walgreen’s. Well, this is all on the same corner so I guess that wanted a consistent look.
But now we are getting new construction across Chippewa that is picking up the theme. The Dobb’s thankfully left off a cupola but picked up the gable and partial roof theme seen at Hampton Village. Not ground breaking but not overly offensive.
But now we have the new Walgreen’s under construction. Simply the sheer number of Walgreen’s stores is offensive to my eye. Recent Walgreen’s stores have this annoying 2nd floor window. It is interesting how most new stores try to look taller – as if they had real second floors. Most don’t have the cupola which seems required on this corner.
Please shoot me if the new Target store gets a cupola.