Title: Three young women on third story roof of D. B. Loveman & Co. Charles Walline
Catalog Number: 2015.001.0018
Date (Years): 1891-1900, 1901-1910
Three young women are sitting on a structure located on roof of D. B. Loveman & Company. They all are holding a cap in their left hand that is partially raised off their head and their right hand is resting near their right hip. The woman on the right is wearing a dark patterned dress with wide ruffles at the shoulders and neckline. She is wearing a long white lanyard that is tucked into the belt of the dress. The woman in the center is wearing a dark dress with muttonchop sleeves and a light colored shirt. The woman on the left is wearing a medium colored dress with dark accents, muttonchop sleeves, and decorative embellishments on the bodice. There is a man’s hat sitting on the structure next to the women.
The woman on the right is featured in image 2015.001.014. The woman in the center is featured in image 2015.001.012. The man’s hat that is sitting next to the women is used in those two images.
In the background, you can see the Chattanooga Times (Dome) Building and the spires of The Old Stone Church (the original site of the First-Centenary United Methodist Church) on Georgia Avenue and the Mountain City Business College on E. 8th Street.
In 1875, David Bernard Loveman and his brother Herman Herschel Loveman arrived in Chattanooga from Atlanta, Georgia and formed D. B. Loveman and Bro., a dry goods concern. In 1877, Ismar Noa joined the company and it became D. B. Loveman & Company. In 1884 they purchased a property at the southeast corner of Eighth and Market Streets, in what was described as “the most important single real estate transaction that had taken place” in Chattanooga up until that time. Building commenced in 1885, and the city’s first department store was constructed. It would become Chattanooga’s largest department store, and remain so for just over a hundred years.
December 26, 1891, the building was destroyed by fire and the business suffered accordingly. David even declared bankruptcy, but business did not cease. Eventually, the company regained its footing and prospered, employing 300 people by 1917. In addition to the downtown Chattanooga flagship store, Loveman’s expanded to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, along with several suburban stores in Chattanooga with locations such as East Ridge, Tennessee. Loveman’s established a store at Eastgate Mall in 1965. In the early 1970s, Loveman’s located in the former JCPenney store in Highland Plaza. (In 1972, JCPenney opened at the then-new Northgate Mall in nearby Hixson.) In 1980, Loveman’s was an original anchor at Walnut Square Mall in Dalton, Georgia. Loveman’s final expansion came as an anchor at Hamilton Place Mall in 1987.
In 1988, however, the chain, which had acquired considerable debt, was bought by Proffitt’s, which in turn was acquired in 2005 by Belk. Starting in 2001, the flagship downtown building had been converted to mixed use, with luxury condominiums on the upper floors developed by RiverCity Company. In August 2008, the 31,000-square-foot (2,900 m2) second floor was purchased at auction by the Maclellan Foundation for $1.4 million. Cohutta Banking Co. of Tennessee plans to move during the fall of 2008, into 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) on the building’s ground floor.
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