Adam Batdorf started in the wallpaper and paint business in 1873 on Arch Street. After the great fire of 1880, he moved to Elm Street, and finally to this location on Broadway. He lived at 720 Lincoln Street with children Charles and Spencer, along with Spencer’s wife Elizabeth and their children Warren and Miriam in 1910. Adam’s wife, Susan B. (Kauffman), died in 1902, and he in 1911.
The building appears to be one of many that were built right after the great fire. It was replaced in later years with the brick buildings that remain today, which were the Holland Tea Room and Hertz meat market.