Roots Building

Roots Building

A Google search is surprisingly unhelpful in giving information about this place. Everyone refers to it as “the historic Roots Building,” but nobody seems to know WHY it’s historic.

Here’s what I can figure out:

  • It was built in 1895 as a post office to replace the preexisting one.
  • It was purchased and owned by Perry Root, who ran Roots Clothiers there from (I’m guessing) the 1960s-80s.
  • When Perry Root died, his family didn’t know what to do with the building, and it sat abandoned in downtown Summit for five years. (This is mentioned several places on the internet, and the exact time it occurred is always cited as “recent.”) (The reason it sat abandoned? From what I understand, it needed a lot of renovating to be resold, and the family just didn’t have the money for it.)
  • It was eventually resold, and it underwent $3 million worth of renovations.
  • The tenant to the right has changed a few times since then, but Roots Steakhouse has remained a staple restaurant for the duration of the time.
  • Sometime around 2008, someone proposed to renovate it into a FIVE-story building, but the zoning laws prohibit buildings over three stories.

If any Summit natives have additional info, I’d love to hear your comments!

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