Holmes Plate

(1875), 52-56 W. Market Street

Architectural Style: Victorian Italianate

This three-story building speaks a language all its own. The gray stone columns at Holmes Plate contain interesting examples of carvings of symbols that were very common in the Victorian era. Often referred to as the "flower language," they include an anchor symbolizing hope, a shield for government, a flag for patriotism, a sheaf of wheat for fertility, a beehive for industry, an arm and hammer for labor, a bowl of fruit for hospitality and grapes for plenty. These carvings were not discovered until the building was sandblasted in 1974.