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Department store architecture
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1. Precursors

Market and goods depots are regarded as precursors to the department store, and such architecture dates back to Antiquity [9. 9–21]. Existing architecture was also used for purposes of selling. For example, stalls and shops were set up in the stoa, a large columned hall usually built in the Greek market pace. The Roman basilica, originally an assembly for magistrates and place of trial, was also a multifunctional structure and it served vendors and bankers as …

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Kalusok, Michaela, “Department store architecture”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030037>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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