Hamilton-Brown Shoe Factory (Columbia, Missouri)

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Hamilton-Brown Shoe Factory
Hamilton-Brown Shoe Factory (Columbia, Missouri) is located in Missouri
Hamilton-Brown Shoe Factory (Columbia, Missouri)
Location Columbia, Missouri
Coordinates 38°57′38″N 92°19′22″W / 38.96056°N 92.32278°W / 38.96056; -92.32278Coordinates: 38°57′38″N 92°19′22″W / 38.96056°N 92.32278°W / 38.96056; -92.32278
Built 1907
Architectural style Early Commercial
Governing body Private
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Added to NRHP July 19, 2002

The Hamilton-Brown Shoe Factory was the first large scale industrial operation in Columbia, Missouri. It was built in 1906 by the Brown Shoe Company, the largest shoe manufacture in the world at the time. It was the first plant built outside of St. Louis and was operational from 1907-1939/[2] The building today has been converted into offices.

The company was a large manufacturer of men's, women's and children's shoes. In 1888, the Hamilton-Brown Shoe Company built a factory at the northeast corner of 21st and Locust in a fading upper-class residential neighborhood in St. Louis. Already a force in St. Louis industry, the company doubled its sales between 1890 and 1900. By the early 20th century, Hamilton-Brown with six manufacturing facilities claimed world leadership in boots and shoes.

At one time, the company was the largest shoe manufacturer in the world. Their product line brand included the "American Gentleman" and "American Lady".