Washington Laundry

A nice, simple early 20th century building on a busy commercial corridor with some subtle Art Deco details

About this Property

Previous Tenants

The Groden Center, a specialty learning center, was a tenant of this building until 2004, when they purchased and moved into the Dyerville Mill. The property was on the market for a time and was home to Bond Brothers (construction) and was an Exit Realty office. It was leasable again after that.

Current Events

The building is the current home of Nicki’s Liquors, a craft beer and wine store. They have been at this location since 2015.


No official history so far.

The adjoining yellow brick building at 36 Branch Avenue was built circa 1930. This building at 32 was likely built at the same time. Aerial photos seem to show it in place in 1939, but it is hard to tell as there is a seam between two photos at this location. The 1927 map referenced below does not have either of these buildings in place but the 1937 map does — the date of construction is therefore between 1927 and 1937.

The construction is very nice, and typical of brick buildings of the time. While the façade is asymmetric, it feels very balanced from right to left. A two-story facade with offset main entrance and pillars with windows that go from the ceiling to the floor on the first floor. Thin concrete lintels frame the windows and other simple concrete and brick details adorn the roofline in an art deco style. This style was popular in the 1920s and 30s which gives us reason to believe the 1930s as a build date is appropriate.