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Maison Blanche 1909, just after the "new" store was completed. Maison Blanche 1909 Detroit Publishing Company photo of the tallest building on Canal Street, the Maison Blanche Building. The department store demolished the old (1884) Mercier Building at 901 Canal Street the year before. In its place, they built this building. The first five floors were retail space. The upper floors housed offices for all sorts of professionals and businesses. Greatest Store South Simon J. Shwartz acquired the Mercier Building in 1897. He re-modeled the four-story structure, opening Maison Blanche that October. While New Orleans had a number of "dry...
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