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BISSMAN BLOCK was constructed in 1866, and is a high Victorian Gothic architectural style.  The architect listed is The Hancock & Dow Company.  This is the same architectural firm that designed and built the Mansfield Ohio Reformatory that same year.  The Bissman & Company moved from its original site where the carrousel stands currently.  The property was listed as the Bissman Block in the city registry because it took up the entire city block.  It is now commonly called the "The Dead Soul Studio" by many however there is no known reason.  It is a 50,000 square foot five story block building funded by Peter Bissman.  The main business is listed as a wholesale grocery supply & warehouse.  In the 1930's the company produced coffee and roasted peanuts under the labels of "Red Ban Java Blend", "Steel Cut", and "Acme" brands.  The roasted peanuts were also labeled and sold under various brand names and were prepared only at night.  According to Henry Howe Encyclopedia of the State Volume II, the Bissman & Company produced coffee and spices and in 1888 had only 16 employees.  The only employee listed by name was a shipping clerk Frank C. Hosler.
The building is on N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio.


 

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