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Buildings, Establishments, and Places You Can Find In Villages, Towns, and Cities

Thanks to Mark V. and Scot N. for getting this ball rolling.

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  1. Ceremonial, Commemorative, and Sacred
  2. Civic
  3. Important People
  4. Citizens
  5. Construction
  6. Death
  7. Education, Information, and Culture
  8. Entertainment and Recreation
  9. Fashion
  10. Finance
  11. Food, Drink, Intoxicants
  12. Government, Infrastructure, and Military
  13. Luxury Goods
  14. Medical
  15. Open Space
  16. Residences & Lodging
  17. Businesses, Retail, Crafts, Misc
  18. Craftsmen
  19. Weapons & Armour
  20. Guilds
  21. Services
  22. Mercantile
  23. Vendors And Peddlers In A Market
  24. Sex
  25. Storage, Trade and Transportation


  1. Ceremonial, Commemorative, and Sacred

    1. Abbey
    2. Altar
    3. Arch
    4. Catacomb
    5. Cemetery
    6. Church
    7. Coliseum
    8. Crypt
    9. Exorcist
    10. Exposure tower
    11. Fountain
    12. Missionary society
    13. Monastery
    14. Nunnery
    15. Oracle
    16. Parade grounds
    17. Park
    18. Public square
    19. Religious School
    20. Ruins
    21. Shrine
    22. Statue (spire, stele)
    23. Temple
    24. Theatre
  2. Civic

    1. Archives
    2. Asylum
    3. Barracks
    4. Baths
    5. Bureaucrat
    6. Cavalry stable
    7. Censor
    8. Civil court
    9. Clinic
    10. Criminal court
    11. Customs
    12. Executioner
    13. Fountain
    14. Guard headquarters
    15. Hospital
    16. Jail
    17. Library
    18. Mayor's home
    19. Meeting hall
    20. Mint
    21. Monolith
    22. Monument
    23. Palace
    24. Park
    25. Prison
    26. Punishment square
    27. School
    28. Sherrif
    29. Tax collector
    30. Toll collector
    31. Town hall
    32. Treasury
    33. University
    34. Watch tower
  3. Important People

    1. Ambassador
    2. Witch
    3. Wizard
  4. Citizens

    1. Bakers
    2. Barbers
    3. Bathers
    4. Beer Sellers
    5. Blacksmiths
    6. Bleachers
    7. Buckle Makers
    8. Carpenters
    9. Chandlers
    10. Chicken Butchers
    11. Coopers
    12. Copyists
    13. Cutlers
    14. Doctors
    15. Fish Merchants
    16. Fletchers
    17. Furriers
    18. Glove Makers
    19. Harness Makers
    20. Hatmakers
    21. Hay Merchants
    22. Innkeepers
    23. Jewelers
    24. Laundresses
    25. Locksmiths
    26. Maidservants
    27. Manservants
    28. Masons
    29. Meat Butchers
    30. Mercers
    31. Oil Merchants
    32. Old-Clothes Dealers
    33. Painters
    34. Pastrycooks
    35. Plasterers
    36. Porters
    37. Purse Makers
    38. Restauranteurs
    39. Roofers
    40. Ropemakers
    41. Rugmakers
    42. Saddlers
    43. Scabbard Makers
    44. Sculptors
    45. Shoemakers
    46. Spice Merchants
    47. Tailors
    48. Tanners
    49. Water Carriers
    50. Weavers
    51. Wine Sellers
    52. Wood Sellers
    53. Woodcarvers
  5. Construction

    1. Architect
    2. Bricklayer
    3. Carpenters workshop
    4. Foundry
    5. Furnishings store
    6. Glassblower
    7. Iron casting
    8. Laborer's hall
    9. Lumberyard
    10. Property management
    11. Real estate broker
    12. Rentals
    13. Smelter
    14. Stone mason
    15. Tile maker
  6. Death

    1. Armorer
    2. Assassin
    3. Catacomb
    4. Cemetery
    5. Crypt
    6. Duel challenger
    7. Embalmer
    8. exposure tower
    9. exterminator
    10. fletcher
    11. morgue
    12. Sword for hire
    13. Swordsmith
    14. Taxidermist
    15. Tombstone cutters
  7. Education, Information, and Culture

    1. Alchemist
    2. Aquarium
    3. Arboretum
    4. Artist's studio
    5. Astrologer
    6. Bookseller
    7. Boxing & wrestling academy
    8. Calligrapher
    9. Cartographer
    10. Dancing academy
    11. Fencing academy
    12. Finishing school
    13. Fortuneteller
    14. Genealogist
    15. Historical society
    16. Kindergarden
    17. Law offices
    18. Library
    19. Magic academy
    20. Mesmerist
    21. Museum
    22. Natural curiosity collector
    23. Newspaper
    24. Numerologist
    25. Observatory
    26. Oracle
    27. Paper maker
    28. Philosophical academy
    29. Portrait artist
    30. Private investigator
    31. Sage
    32. School (primary, secondary, boarding, private, racial)
    33. Scribe
    34. Secret societies
    35. Training school
    36. University
  8. Entertainment and Recreation

    1. Ampitheater
    2. Aquarium
    3. Arena
    4. Athletic Club
    5. Banquet Hall
    6. Beach
    7. Brothel
    8. Carnival
    9. Casino
    10. Circus
    11. Coliseum
    12. Fairground
    13. Gynasium
    14. Inn
    15. Museum
    16. Music Hall
    17. Park
    18. Pool
    19. Private Club
    20. Race Track
    21. Sport Fields
    22. Stadium
    23. Theater
    24. Theatre
    25. Tourement Field
    26. Zoo
  9. Fashion

    1. Barber
    2. Costume shop
    3. Fabric merchant
    4. lorist
    5. Fur merchant
    6. Gentlemen's clothes
    7. Hat shop
    8. Ladies clothes
    9. Leather worker
    10. Outfitters
    11. Rag shop
    12. Shoe maker
    13. Tailor
    14. Tattoo and dye artist
    15. Textiles manufacturing
    16. Wig shop
  10. Finance

    1. "Armed" carriage (money trasport)
    2. Auction house
    3. Bank
    4. Casino
    5. Coin collector
    6. Collection agency
    7. Criminal organization
    8. Fence
    9. Insurance issuer
    10. Law offices
    11. Merchant bank
    12. Merchant's office
    13. Money changer
    14. Money lender
    15. Pawn shop
    16. Property management
    17. Real estate broker
    18. Stock market (bourse, exchange)
    19. Tax collector
  11. Food, Drink, Intoxicants

    1. Ale
    2. Animal pens
    3. Baker
    4. Bakery
    5. Banquet hall
    6. Beer
    7. Brewer
    8. Brewery
    9. Butcher
    10. Café
    11. Cafeteria
    12. Cheese
    13. Dairy
    14. Dairy goods
    15. Farm
    16. Farmers market
    17. Fine food & drink
    18. Fish
    19. Fishmonger
    20. Foodstuffs
    21. Fresh food
    22. Garden (surface & rooftop)
    23. General food & drink
    24. Grainery (grain silo)
    25. Greenhouse
    26. Greengrocer
    27. Grist mill
    28. Grog shop
    29. Ice shop
    30. Inn
    31. Liquor
    32. Luxury food store
    33. Mead shop
    34. Meats/Butchery
    35. Mill
    36. Mushroom (& root vegetables) seller
    37. Nursery
    38. Opium den
    39. Orchard
    40. Restaurant
    41. Slaughterhouse
    42. Smoke house
    43. Spice merchant
    44. Sweet shop
    45. Tavern
    46. Tobacconist
    47. Wine merchant
  12. Government, Infrastructure, and Military

    1. Administrative office
    2. Armory
    3. Barracks
    4. Castle
    5. Court
    6. Embassy
    7. Fire station
    8. Fletcher
    9. Gate
    10. Guard tower
    11. Herald/ messengers
    12. Library
    13. Naval yard
    14. Orphanage
    15. parade grounds
    16. Police station (constables, thief takers)
    17. Poorhouse
    18. Prison
    19. Refuse collector
    20. Road
    21. School
    22. Tax collector
    23. Towers
    24. Town walls
    25. Workhouse
  13. Luxury Goods

    1. Antique emporium
    2. Auction house
    3. Bone and shell scrimner
    4. Clock smith
    5. Coin collector
    6. Coppersmith
    7. Florist
    8. Gemcutter
    9. Goldsmith
    10. Jewellers
    11. Luxury food store
    12. Objects d'art
    13. Whitesmith (platinum and silver)
  14. Medical

    1. Abortionist
    2. Apothecary
    3. Barber
    4. Folk remedies
    5. Hospital
    6. Midwife
    7. Opium den
    8. Physician
    9. Surgeon
  15. Open Space

    1. Beach
    2. Cemetery
    3. Ceremonial square
    4. Farm
    5. Fields
    6. Garden
    7. Orchard
    8. Parade grounds
    9. Park
    10. Public square
    11. Vacant lot
  16. Residences & Lodging

    1. Apartment
    2. Barracks
    3. Beggar's alley
    4. Boarding House
    5. Castle
    6. Citadel
    7. Club
    8. Embassy
    9. Estate
    10. Flop house
    11. Garden
    12. Greathouse with grounds
    13. Home
    14. Homeless encampment
    15. Hostel
    16. House
    17. Hovel
    18. Hut
    19. Icehouse
    20. Inn
    21. Lighthouse
    22. Lodging house
    23. Mansion
    24. Monastery
    25. Nunnery
    26. Orphanage
    27. Palace
    28. Poorhouse
    29. Prison
    30. Private club
    31. Property management
    32. Rental house
    33. Shelter
    34. Slum
    35. Tavern
    36. Townhouse
    37. workhouse
  17. Businesses, Retail, Crafts, Misc

    1. Animal Feed
    2. Antiques
    3. Apothecary
    4. Apothocary
    5. Arborist
    6. Armorer
    7. Artworks
    8. Bait & Tackle
    9. Baker
    10. Barber
    11. Blacksmith
    12. Books
    13. Bowyer/Fletcher
    14. Brass Founder
    15. Brewer
    16. Bricklayer
    17. Brickmaker
    18. Brooms
    19. Brothel
    20. Butcher
    21. Candlemaker
    22. Candles
    23. Carnal House
    24. Carpenter
    25. Cartwright
    26. Ceramics
    27. Chandler
    28. Charcoal
    29. Cheese Maker
    30. Cloth
    31. Clothier
    32. Coins
    33. Cooper
    34. Cosmetics
    35. Costumes
    36. Curiosity Shop
    37. Dice
    38. Dyer
    39. Farrier
    40. Firewood
    41. Flowers
    42. Fuel Store: (Coal, Peat, Kindling, Oil)
    43. Fuller
    44. Furniture
    45. Furrier
    46. Furs
    47. Games
    48. Gem Cutter
    49. Gifts
    50. Glass
    51. Glassblower
    52. Glue Factory
    53. Goldsmith
    54. Greenhouse
    55. Grocer
    56. Groom
    57. Guild Hall
    58. Haberdasher
    59. Hardware/Tools
    60. Harness Maker
    61. Herbalist
    62. Herbs
    63. Imported Goods
    64. Ink
    65. Inn
    66. Jeweler
    67. Jewlery
    68. Laundry
    69. Law Offices
    70. Leather Goods
    71. Leatherer
    72. Lens Grinder
    73. Linen
    74. Livestock
    75. Locksmith
    76. Magic Items/Charms
    77. Maps
    78. Mason
    79. Mechanist
    80. Miller
    81. Miniatures/Figurines
    82. Mirrors
    83. Money Changer
    84. Musical Instruments
    85. Nets
    86. Notary
    87. Novelties
    88. Nursery
    89. Oil Merchant
    90. Painter/Limner
    91. Paper
    92. Paper/Parchment Maker
    93. Pawn Broker
    94. Perfumes
    95. Pets/Familiars
    96. Pipes/Tobacco
    97. Potions
    98. Potter
    99. Poulterer
    100. Rare Woods
    101. Religious Items
    102. Rendering Plant
    103. Rope
    104. Rope Maker
    105. Rugs And Tapestries
    106. Rugs/Tapestries
    107. Saddler
    108. Saddles
    109. Scribe
    110. Scrivener
    111. Servant Referral (Nannies, Cooks, Gardeners, Butlers Etc)
    112. Ships Supplies
    113. Shoemaker
    114. Sign Painter
    115. Silversmith
    116. Slave Auction Blocks
    117. Slave Catcher
    118. Slaves
    119. Soap
    120. Soap Seller
    121. Spell Emporium
    122. Spices
    123. Stable
    124. Stonecutter
    125. Sundials
    126. Sweets/Candy
    127. Tailor
    128. Tanner
    129. Tannery
    130. Tavern
    131. Temple
    132. Tiler
    133. Tinsmith
    134. Toy Store
    135. Toys
    136. Trinkets/Curios
    137. Warehouse
    138. Weaponsmith
    139. Weaver
    140. Wheelwright
    141. Whips
    142. Wigs
    143. Wine Merchant/Vintner
    144. Wool
  18. Craftsmen

    1. Alchemist
    2. Apothecary
    3. Architect
    4. Armourer (all types)
    5. Armourer (leathers & hides)
    6. Artificer/Mechanician
    7. Artist
    8. Astrologer
    9. Baker
    10. Barber
    11. Basketmaker
    12. Beader
    13. Bellfounder
    14. Blacksmith
    15. Bladesmith (knife & dagger blades)
    16. Bonecarver
    17. Bookbinder
    18. Bookseller
    19. Bottlemaker
    20. Bowyer (composite bows)
    21. Bowyer (normal bows)
    22. Boxmaker
    23. Brazier (brass worker)
    24. Brewer
    25. Bricker
    26. Builder
    27. Butcher
    28. Cabinetmaker
    29. Cardmaker (playing cards)
    30. Carpenter
    31. Cartmaker
    32. Cartwright
    33. Carver
    34. Chandler
    35. Chandler (wax & tallow candles)
    36. Chapemaker (buckles & scabbard fittings)
    37. Cheesemonger
    38. Clothier
    39. Coachmaker
    40. Cobbler
    41. Cobbler/Shoemaker
    42. Cofferer
    43. Coffinmaker
    44. Cook
    45. Cooper
    46. Coppersmith
    47. Cordwainer (shoes & boots)
    48. Coursours (horse dealer)
    49. Crossbowyer
    50. Currier (leatherworker)
    51. Cutler
    52. Dairy
    53. Distiller
    54. Draper
    55. Dyer
    56. Embroiderer
    57. Engineer
    58. Exterminator
    59. Farrier
    60. Felmonger (un-tanned skins)
    61. Feltmaker
    62. Fine metal worker
    63. Fishmonger
    64. Fletcher (arrows & darts)
    65. Founder (casts iron)
    66. Fruiterer
    67. Fuller
    68. Furbisher (cleaner & polisher)
    69. Furniture carver
    70. Furrier
    71. Fuster (woodworker)
    72. Garbler (spice sifter)
    73. Gemcutter
    74. Girdler (belts)
    75. Glasier
    76. Glassblower
    77. Glover
    78. Goldsmith
    79. Greengrocer
    80. Grocer
    81. Guide/Messenger
    82. Haberdasher
    83. Haberdasher/Hatter
    84. Harnessmaker
    85. Hatter
    86. Hawker
    87. Heaumer (helms)
    88. Herbalist
    89. Hosier
    90. Illuminator (manuscripts)
    91. Inker
    92. Instrumentmaker (musical)
    93. Instrumentmaker (scientific)
    94. Ironmonger
    95. Jeweller
    96. Joiner
    97. Lantern-maker
    98. Latener (late = brass like material)
    99. Lauderer
    100. Leather worker
    101. Leatherworker
    102. Limner (insignia & portraits)
    103. Limner/Painter
    104. Locksmith
    105. Loriner (metal saddle fittings)
    106. Macer (maces, flails, morningstars)
    107. Marbler
    108. Mason
    109. Material shop
    110. Mercer (silks, lace etc)
    111. Metal worker
    112. Miller
    113. Moneylender/Banker
    114. Moneylender
    115. Nailor (nails)
    116. Needler
    117. Netmaker
    118. Oilpresser
    119. Pack & Pouch maker
    120. Painter
    121. Parchmenter
    122. Pasteler
    123. Pavior
    124. Pawnshop
    125. Pepperer
    126. Pewterer
    127. Pickler
    128. Pinner (pins)
    129. Plasterer
    130. Plumber
    131. Pole Armourer
    132. Porcilinist
    133. Potter
    134. Poulterer
    135. Quarreller
    136. Quivermaker
    137. Roofer
    138. Ropemaker
    139. Sacker
    140. Saddler
    141. Sage
    142. Sailmaker
    143. Salter
    144. Sawyer
    145. Scabbardmaker
    146. Scrivener
    147. Sculptor
    148. Seal maker
    149. Ship's Chandler
    150. Shipwright
    151. Shopper Services (10% fee will collect goods)
    152. Silversmith
    153. Skinner
    154. Spurrier
    155. Stables
    156. Stainer
    157. Stringer
    158. Stuffer (furniture stuffer)
    159. Swordsmith
    160. Tablemaker
    161. Tailor
    162. Tanner
    163. Tapicer (tapestry)
    164. Taxidermist
    165. Thacther
    166. Tiler (roofing)
    167. Tinderboxman
    168. Tinker
    169. Tinner
    170. Traveler's Supplies
    171. Turner
    172. Upholder (household knick-knacks)
    173. Upholsterer
    174. Vintner
    175. Wainwright
    176. Weaponsmith (axes, javelins, picks, spears & slings)
    177. Weaver
    178. Weaver (linen)
    179. Weaver (wool)
    180. Wheelwright
    181. Whitesmith
    182. Wine Shop
    183. Wineskinner
    184. Wiredrawer
    185. Wiremonger
    186. Woodcarver
    187. Wooler (woolen clothing)
  19. Weapons & Armour

    1. Armor
    2. Armor repair
    3. Bowyer
    4. Fine weapons
    5. Fletcher
    6. Sheilds
    7. Weapons
  20. Guilds

    1. Alchemists
    2. Apothecaries
    3. Armorers & weaponsmakers
    4. Artificers
    5. Artists
    6. Assassins
    7. Astrologers
    8. Barristers
    9. Blacksmiths
    10. Caravaners
    11. Carpenters
    12. Coutesans
    13. Entertainers
    14. Fighters
    15. Fishermen
    16. Jewellers
    17. Merchants
    18. Mercinaries
    19. Messengers/Heralds
    20. Metalworkers
    21. Moneylenders/changers
    22. Physicians
    23. Rangers
    24. Sailors
    25. Shipwrights
    26. Slavers
    27. Smugglers
    28. Steersmen & navigators
    29. Stonemasons
    30. Tailors
    31. Thieves
    32. Wainwrights
    33. Wizards
  21. Services

    1. Animal trainer
    2. Arbiter
    3. Astrologer
    4. Astronomer
    5. Cartographer
    6. Concubines
    7. Copier
    8. Dentist
    9. Fence
    10. Forester
    11. Fortune teller
    12. Guide
    13. Hawkmaster
    14. Healer
    15. Hunter
    16. Hypnotist
    17. Lawyer
    18. Marshall
    19. Massage
    20. Messenger
    21. Miner
    22. Mountianeer
    23. Mystic
    24. Navigator
    25. Nursemaid
    26. Nursery
    27. Realtor
    28. Recriuter
    29. Sage
    30. Scribe
    31. Spelunker
    32. Surgeon
    33. Surveyor
    34. Tatooer
    35. Teacher
    36. Teamster
    37. Translator
    38. Trapper
    39. Undertaker
  22. Mercantile

    1. Auction block
    2. Bazaar
    3. Livestock market
    4. Market (General)
    5. Slave market
  23. Vendors And Peddlers In A Market

    1. Bakery
    2. Baskets
    3. Beer
    4. Cheese
    5. Eggs
    6. Fruit
    7. Honey
    8. Leather Repair
    9. Milk
    10. Pottery
    11. Salted Meats
    12. Street Artist
    13. Street Musician
    14. Vegetables
    15. Wine
  24. Sex

    1. Brothel
    2. Escort service
    3. Flop house
    4. Marriage broker
    5. Massage parlor
  25. Storage, Trade and Transportation

    1. Animal handlers
    2. Auction house
    3. Bazaar
    4. Boatwright
    5. Cartographer
    6. Conveyance for hire (cart, litter, wagon, etc)
    7. Custom house
    8. Delivery service
    9. Docks
    10. Docks
    11. Drydock
    12. Grainery
    13. Hauling (cartage)
    14. Herald/ messengers
    15. Ice shop
    16. Kennel
    17. Lumberyard
    18. Market (bazaar)
    19. Merchant's office
    20. Mews
    21. Naval yard
    22. Outfitters (Caravanserai)
    23. Rentals
    24. Sailwright
    25. Shed
    26. Ship owner's
    27. Silo
    28. Stables
    29. Wainsright
    30. Warehouses