Carson Pirie Scott & Co., Peoria, Illinois


Block & Kuhl's flagship store in downtown Peoria was
widely known as "The Great White Store"

The store received a modified facade with modern
facing, and, as Carson Pirie Scott & Co.,
maintained its flagship status.

The store was in fact an anchor in Peoria's downtown,
and was the main store of Carson's Peoria division.

Carson Pirie Scott & Co. (Block & Kuhl)
124 S.W. Adams
Peoria, Illinois



Basement
Basement Store • Luncheonette  Shoe Repair

Street Floor
FIne Jewelry  Jewelry  Silverware  Handbags  Gloves  Billfolds  Accessories  Scarfs  Handkerchiefs  Blouses  Sweaters  Street Floor Sportswear  Street Floor Lingerie  Bra Bar  Street  Floor Shoes  Cosmetics  Drugs  Candy  Notions  Yard Goods  Linens  Domestics
Men's Shop Men's Furnishings  Smoke Shop

Balcony
White Sewing Machines  PhotoReflex Studio  Gift Wrapping  Postal Service

Second Floor
Lingerie  Robes  Corset Shop  Uniforms  Maternity Shop  House and Town Shop  Infants' Shop  Children's Shop  Girls' Shop  Teen Shop  Children's Shoes  Merry-Go-Round-Shoes
Men's Clothing  Men's Shoes

Third Floor
Dress Center  Sportshop  Coat Center  Suit Center  Pandora Shop  Better Dresses  Better Sportswear  French Room  Fur Salon  Bridal Salon  Millinery Salon  Shoe Salon  Beauty Salon
Young Peorian Junior Dresses  Junior Sportswear  Junior Coats

Fourth Floor
Gift Shop  Pictures and Mirrors  Picture Framing  Art Needlework  Curtains  Draperies  Rugs  Floor Coverings

Fifth Floor
Stationery • Books  Sporting Goods  Luggage  Appliances  TV Center  Radio Center  Records  Cashier Service  Credit Office  Personnel

Sixth Floor
Furniture  Interior Decorating Studio  Furniture Galleries

Seventh Floor
Housewares  China  Glassware  Lamps  Magicolor Paint Center  Seventh Floor Luncheonette  Skyline Restaurant







Moline
1514 5th Avenue
Block & Kuhl Co. 1912
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
70,000 sq.ft.

Ottawa (1915/1961)
112 W. Madison Street
41,000 sq. ft.


Decatur 
Block & Kuhl Co. 1925
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
99,000 sq. ft.

Joliet
Block & Kuhl Co. 1926
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
106 North Chicago

Rockford
Block & Kuhl Co. 1927
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
315 West State St.

Aurora (1928/1961)
5 E. Galena Blvd.
57,000 sq. ft.


Galesburg
Block & Kuhl Co.
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
400 E. Main Street


Elgin
Block & Kuhl Co. 1941
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
30 DuPage Street


Kewanee (1942/1961)
17,000 sq. ft.

Rockford East
Block & Kuhl Co. 1946
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
516 East State Street

Freeport 
Block & Kuhl Co. 1946
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
8-12 West Stephenson St.

Danville
Block & Kuhl Co. 1948
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
26,000 sq. ft.


Burlington, IA
Block & Kuhl Co. 1948
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961

Rock Island (1948)
1715 2nd St.


Davenport, IA
109 E. Second St.

Winnetka
Block & Kuhl Co. 1950
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
14,000 sq. ft.

Quincy
Block & Kuhl Co. 1951
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961
Maine Street
72,000 sq. ft.

Kankakee
145 S. Schuyler Avenue
Block & Kuhl Co. 1960
Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 1961


Carriage Lane
Urbana
1964
11,000 sq. ft.

Lincoln Square Mall 
Urbana
1964
121,000 sq. ft.

Northwoods Mall
Peoria
1973



Coming in due course


6 comments:

  1. THANKS FOR STARTING THIS SECTION. THERE WAS A BLOCK & KUHL HOME STORE THAT OPENED IN DANVILLE IN THE 1950'S IT WAS DESIGNED BY RAYMOND LOWEY..ALSO BLOCK'S FIRST AND ONLY SHOPPING CENTER STORE WAS OPENED IN 1957 NEAR ELGIN IL IN THE MEADOWDALE SHOPPING CENTER. WHEN CARSONS CHANGED BLOCK'S CHICAGO LAND STORES TO CARSONS'S IN 1961 THAT STORE CHANGED O CARSONS.......DO YOU HAVE A DATE (year) FOR THE FLOOR DISCRIPTION YOU HAVE LISTED FOR THE PEORIA STORE? IT APPEARS TO BE POST BLOCK & KUHL. JUST WONDERING. ALSO IF YOU DO A TIME LINE FOR BLOCK'S THE ORGINAL STORE WAS OPENED IN PEKIN ILLINOIS AS SCHIPPER & BLOCK IN 1865.THE PEORIA STORE ALSO WENT BY THAT LABEL FOR IT'S FIRST 38 YEARS BEFORE BEING CHANGED IN 1914. THE PEKIN STORE REMAINED SCHIPPER & BLOCK UNTIL IT CLOSED IN THE LATE 1960'S.THE BUILDING STILL STANDS TODAY . AFTER CARSONS COMPLETED THEIR URBANA STORE IN 1964 THERE WERE PLANS FOR A BRANCH STORE IN PEKIN, THE SIGNS REMAINED UP FOR SEVERAL YEARS UNTIL BEING TAKEN DOWN IN THE 1970'S. NO STORE WAS EVER BUILT IN PEKIN...............THANKS KENT W.

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  2. Caroline Costello27 June, 2013 16:42

    Wish you had some internal photos of the Peoria store. I was last there in 1971 or so, when I was about 5. I remembered thinking the store was huge--and that there was a huge, sweeping staircase inside. Does that sound right to anyone? I also have a vague memory of a candy store being outside the building; almost across an alley. Is that possible? What a magical time to be a small child in northern Illinois!

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  3. Hi!

    I'm here because yesterday I found a beautiful pair of black velvet vintage heels. They are in such great condition that I wondered for a second if they were really vintage but the labels give that away. on one heel is printed "BLOCK AND KUHL CO. PEORIA, ILL." On the other hill it says "MILLER beautiful shoes" and around the heel of that same shoe says "RHUMBA LAST"

    I bought them at Salvation Army for 69 cents. I wonder how much they cost when they were bought brand new?

    love,
    Sarah
    sfischer@methodistcol.edu

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  4. I vaguely remember going into the store in downtown Aurora as a child. One question, did Block & Kuhl start these stores as their own or did buy existing stores?

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  5. the Block & Kuhl store in Aurora was built in the late 1920's for Block & Kuhl.. The Peoria store was also started by the company. Some of their locations were purchased from other firms but many were original Block & Kuhl stores. At the time of their merger with Carsons there were 20 locations . quite an accomplishment for a chain in central Illinois......

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  6. My name is Connie Dunn. My mother bought wat looks to by a crystal necklace and earrings..maybe diamonds I don't know but th y cut glass. Need to find out what door to door sales company she bought them fombshe said she paid over 500. For them back in the 60's..conniemurphy4ever@ gmail.com if anyone can help me

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