What does the 100 E. Market building have in store? – The Breeze-Mail
Kim Paisley-Jones Breeze-Courier Screenwriter
“It has been said that, at the best of times, preservation engages the past in conversation with the present about mutual concern for the future.” — William Murtagh, the first custodian of the National Register of Historic Places
TAYLORVILLE — The building at 100 E. Market Street in Taylorville dates back to 1892, according to some bricks found inside during recent renovations. The building has seen many businesses come and go over the years, from a bank to the world headquarters of the Peabody Coal Company, Frisina Enterprises, One East Market Restaurant and many more. It sat vacant for a few years until Dr David Durham, “Doc” and his wife Deb purchased the three plots in December 2021.
Doc and Deb are from Edinburgh and have a very creative take on the premises they call Republic House.
“It’s hard not to love when you have history here. There’s nothing wrong with that. The structure is good and solid once past the old plaster and the lathe that has to go. He has good bones. I want to restore it to be this masterpiece in the square. I want it to be the place people look and just have to go there and see it,” Durham said.
When should the renovation be finished?
“Everything I do, I do very well. I don’t skimp on anything. I was hoping that everything would be ready by the end of the year. Unfortunately, with the size of the project, this will take time. I have hired a local designer and we are looking at summer next year, maybe June. But, we will have a few things open before that,” Durham said. “We re-roofed and gutted the upper floors, which includes breaking through the brick walls to get from one side to the other. There was no entry to some spaces except through the crawl space in the roof. Now we can easily switch between areas.
As previously stated, this is a three-plot purchase for Durham. One of the plots is a two-story building. On the second floor will be a two bedroom/two bathroom apartment with front and rear access.
“The apartment will be ready in a few weeks for rent. We have
I worked on it fairly regularly and pretty much finished it. It is located above the Shumway room which was part of the former One East Market restaurant,” Durham said.
Durham said the old Shumway Hall will be turned into a cafe, hopefully by the end of this year.
“In a few months, we will be on the right track. My wife and I think we chose the name Republic House Coffee Company. It will have a very strong American theme…not necessarily political in nature, but rather American. It’s something that we both strongly believe in and that will describe who we are as people. We plan to have specialty coffees, as well as takeout for breakfast.
Microbrewery and restaurant
On the first floor of the former One East Market Restaurant is currently the
former bar and restaurant. Plans are underway for Chatham’s Sangamo Brewing Company to move into this space. There have been many discussions about this part of the project and
“Everything is done except signing on the dotted line,” Durham said.
The old bar will be the site of the restaurant portion of the business and the old One East restaurant will be the new bar, facing the windows on the west side. At the back of the building where the old outdoor seating area was, they plan to build a building to house the microbrew vats and will be encased in glass for all to see. Golf simulation on the 2nd floor and Bourbon/Cigare lounge. The second floor, located above the former One East Market bar, will house a golf simulator with another 60 different games to play.
“It will be great for everyone from groups of friends to families etc,” Durham said.
“We plan to have comfortable seating areas that people can also enjoy. It will be a great place to come and go.
“On this same floor, towards the back of the building, will be a small VIP room with another smaller golf simulator, comfortable chairs and tables and a kitchenette. private parties,” Doc said.
To the rear of this area there will be a lovely garage door which opens to outdoor seating on the balcony and a staircase which will take you to the 3rd floor where there is another outdoor seating area and access to the garage door for it. space on the third floor. Directly across from the simulation golf area, to the west, will be the Cigar/Bourbon Lounge at the front of the building overlooking the plaza. There will be a small upstairs bar that will service the golf/gaming area, as well as the cigar/bourbon lounge. Airbnb 3rd Floor and Meeting Space The third floor, above the simulation/golf game area, will house three Airbnb units.
“These will be premium units, not just a bed and toilet. They’re going to be really, really nice, so when people come to town, they’ll have a nice place to stay. It’s good that we have the bed and breakfast across the street. But it will add to the availability to stay in a nice place. We are also installing an elevator from the ground floor to the 3rd floor. Airbnb employees can board the elevator, walk down to their floor, and enter their private hallway without ever touching other public areas,” Durham said.
“My whole vision for this project was to have a place where people can go and literally spend all day there. You can go there in the morning, eat something, read a book and drink coffee for a few hours. Then they can get on and play 18 rounds of golf on the simulator and drink a few beers. Then you can go down and have lunch at the Sangamo Brewing Co., then go up and have a cigar and a bourbon, or whatever. If they have too many bourbons, they can spend the night at the Airbnb.
Our city center is on the rise again with many new businesses that have sprung up in recent years. It is certainly a welcome site for the city to have a visionary like Doc set his sights on a beautiful historic building and bring it back to life. Stay tuned for future news on some of the historic buildings and renovation projects in the city center.
ABOVE: Pictured are bricks salvaged from renovations at 100 E. Market St. showing the building dates back to 1892.
ABOVE: David ‘Doc’ and Deb Durham from Edinburgh.
TAYLORVILLE — The building at 100 E. Market Street in Taylorville, located on the southeast corner of the square, was purchased in December 2021 by Dr. David “Doc” Durham and his wife Deb. The building has been under construction since the spring and its new name will be La Maison de la République.
Photo courtesy of mthomas.smugmug.com
ABOVE: Pictured is the former Shumway room of the former One East restaurant. This will be the new headquarters of the Republic House Coffee Company.
ABOVE: In the photo, a grand staircase on the second floor leads to the planned Airbnb area on the 3rd floor of the new Republic House.