Efirds Department Stores Department Store; Einstein Building
272 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC
Beverly Tetterton, Wilmington: Lost But Not Forgotten (2005).
In 1906, McMillen completed plans for a 5-story, pressed brick and terra cotta building constructed by J. H. Brunjes. The contract went to Newport News builders Howard and Moss. (Manufacturers’ Record, Sept. 6, 1906). According to Tony Wrenn, in Wilmington, North Carolina: An Architectural and Historical Portrait (1984), the Romanesque Revival building was constructed by Brunjes for tenants I. M. Bear and Company, merchants, and was known as the I. M. Bear Building. It was later the Einstein Building and still later became Efird’s Department Store