Loop Back: Furniture And Funerals In One Stop
The three-story building at 115 North 1st Street dates back to 1883 when a carpenter who doubled as an undertaker ran a furniture store and funeral parlor at the same address.
It wasn’t unusual back then for carpenters to be morticians. They were already building the coffins, so they took on the other duties as well.
Casper Himmelsbach and his two sons, Andrew and Joseph, ran both businesses from the building shown above (115 North 1st St) until it burned down in 1883.
After the fire, Himmelsbach built an even larger building on the same lot with a beautiful cornice at the top.
His “undertaking rooms,” as described in newspaper articles, were large enough to hold 100 mourners. And his furniture options included feathers and upholstered goods.
In the 1970s, you could buy wood stoves for your home here, from the Ironwood Stove Company.
The building has been remodeled in recent years and is now awaiting its next chapter.
We have several more pages of neighborhood history in our Historic North Loop section.
By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association