PHOTOS: Take a look at the building on 8th Avenue recently purchased by Topeka investor John Federico

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John Federico points out the spacious windows he uncovered in the building he just bought at 106 S.E. 8th Ave. The front of the building had been covered with a light blue facade, which he had removed last week. The building is in poor condition, but Federico is excited about the potential. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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A look inside the dilapidated 8th Avenue building purchased by investor John Federico. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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Investor John Federico stands outside the dilapidated 8th Avenue building he recently purchased. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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Top City Shoes & Clothing salespeople laugh with the new owner of their building at 106 S.E. 8th Ave., John Federico.
From left, the snazzy dressers at Top City are Bishop Steven Crowder, store owner Angelo Huffman and Gary Hightower. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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Topeka businessman John Federico peeled back the ugly blue facade of his newly purchased downtown building last week, revealing a large expanse of windows that offer an excellent view of the capitol dome. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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From left, Top City Shoes & Clothing salespeople Gary Hightower, Bishop Steven Crowder, John Federico, Top City store owner Angelo Huffman and Debonair's Barber Shop owners Randall and Artemus Lewis. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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Brothers Randall, seated, and Artemus Lewis own and operate the Debonair's Barber Shop. Their building recently sold to downtown investor and entrepreneur John Federico. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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Top City Shoes & Clothing salespeople Gary Hightower, Bishop Steven Crowder and store owner Angelo Huffman hang out in their store. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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Over Labor Day weekend, John Federico had the blue facade removed from the building he just purchased at 106 S.E. 8th Ave., revealing its historic brick and spacious windows. (Submitted)

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Over Labor Day weekend, John Federico had the blue facade removed from the building he just purchased at 106 S.E. 8th Ave., revealing its historic brick and spacious windows. (Submitted)

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Here's a look at the building on 8th Avenue on a 1954 Polk City Directory. (Submitted)

Description

Glimmers of what used to be appear throughout the building at 106 S.E. 8th Ave. in bricked over archways and historical touches that add character. Early research indicates the building was once home to the Majestic Theater, Topeka businessman John Federico said, and at another point in its history it was the state printing office. Documents on historical buildings downtown also show it was a billiard’s hall around 1900.

Although unsure of the best use of the building, Federico said the plans will definitely include lofts. The top floors were at one point 18 apartments.

Read more about the plans for the building here.

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