Title: Young woman with a laynard on the roof of D. B. Loveman & Co. building. Charles Walline
Catalog Number: 2015.001.0014
Date (Years): 1891-1900, 1901-1910
A young woman stands on the roof of D. B. Loveman & Co. building. She is resting against a tall structure with her elbows bent and propped on top of it. She is wearing a dress with a dark pattern that has flounces at the sleeves and along the v-neck. She is wearing a mannish hat, and has a long white lanyard around her neck that hooks into the belt of her dress. There is a white handkerchief in her right hand. The hat appears to be the same one the woman in image 2015.001.0012 is wearing.
This woman is one of three featured in image 2015.001.018. Along with the woman in 2015.001.12.
In the background you can see the Chattanooga Times (Dome) Building and the spires of The Old Stone Church (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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