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Cowley Antique Mall very appropriately operates in two buildings which are historic to the towns that they are in. In Arkansas City, our location is in the Zadie Block building, and in Winfield, our location is in the S.H. Myton building. Read more about these historic buildings below!

Zadie Building History

The “Zadie Block” is a late 19th & 20th Century Classical Revival construction and is a part of the Arkansas City Historic District. The building is first recorded in 1912. It is listed in 1912 and in 1925 as housing a barber shop and a billiard hall. 210 was listed at that time as housing “Eagle Jewelry”. In 1930, the jeweler changed hands and became “Eiffler”.

In 1938 the building was first listed as separate addresses with 208 an 210 and housing a Townsend’s Department Store. In 1947, it was listed as a furniture store, and shows 208 and 210 as a single store, separate from 206. Also at that time, the upstairs of 206-210 is listed as “Zadie building” with eight different professional offices recorded doing business therein.

By 1952, Sears was listed as occupying 208, and Kroger at 210. In 1962, Gambles replaced Kroger. In 1976, 208-210 housed Litwin’s Western Wear. In 2011, 208-210 became Summit Antique Mall, and in 2017 it changed ownership to become Land Rush Antique Mall and underwent extensive renovation

In 2018 it was again purchased by the current owner due to unfortunate medical circumstances of the previous owner and the antique mall was retained, with a book store and coffee shop currently in the process of being added.

Myton Building History

The building was erected by Samuel Huston Myton was born on July 18th, 1844 in Pennsylvania to Samuel Myton and Elanor Montgomery. He was engaged in merchandising in Pennsylvania for four years. He came to Kansas in 1869, beginning in Emporia. Soon he moved to Cottonwood Falls. In 1871, he relocated to Winfield and engaged in the hardware business. Samuel H. Myton purchased the lot on March 28, 1873 for $2,700.00 and began planning for construction at that time. Construction of the building was begun on or about July 31, 1874, by Stewart & Simpson, Architect Cook

“It will be entirely of cut stone, 75 x 90, two stories. The first story will contain two rooms, one 25 feet wide, and the other 50, the first to be occupied by Mr. Myton’s general hardware stock and the second by his agricultural implements. Jim Conner has the stone work contract and agrees to finish it in ninety days. The building will cost about twenty thousand dollars.”

  • On August 28, 1874, the excavation of the basement begun by T. O. Hill.
  • On September 4, 1874, basement excavation was completed.
  • On May 15, 1884, the application for building permit was granted.
  • On September 18, 1874, the basement walls were completed, and construction of the main and upper level began.
  • On November 16, 1874, the contractors, Stewart & Simpson, completed the building.
  • On November 19, 1874, the exterior stonework was completed.
  • On December 31, 1874, the interior plaster work was completed.
  • On January 07, 1875, the Masons moved into the upper level
  • On January 28, 1875, G. W. Prater and Irv. Randall began building and installing shelving.
  • On February 18, 1875, the hardware store officially opened.
  • On December 23, 1875, Myton purchased a new fire and burglar proof safe for use in the store.
  • On November 10, 1881, a new cornice was added.
  • On November 26, 1885, the valuation of the store was adjusted by the county, to $25,000.00.
  • On February 07, 1920, the Winfield Masons purchased the S. H. Myton Building

About Us

Cowley New & Used Book Cafe and Antique Mall is your source for new books below retail price, and used books to read in store while you nibble on pastries and sip your favourite flavoured coffee! We are located in the historic downtown district and offer a variety of retail items including Antique Furniture, Primitives, Vintage Jewelry, Kitchen Collectibles and more.

Cowley New & Used Book Cafe and Antique Mall carries a large variety of new and used books of every genre for readers of all ages. We are working on creating a large children’s area complete with books and toys to keep the little ones busy while parents shop!

We also have a lounge with ample lighting and comfortable seating for the college crowd to relax. We have multiple outlets for charging laptops and phones, and offer free WiFi.

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