Title: Young woman on roof of D. B. Loveman & Co. building. Charles Walline

Catalog Number: 2015.001.0012

Date (Years): 1891-1900, 1901-1910


A young woman stands on the third-story of the roof of D. B. Loveman & Co. building. There is a tall structure behind her and she is resting her left arm along it while her right hand is on her hip. She is wearing a dark skirt with a fitted jacket that has mutton sleeves and frog fasteners. It is open at the breast and shows a white shirt underneath. She is wearing a hat that has white mesh circling the top. It appears to be the same hat that the woman in image 2015.001.0014 is wearing.

This woman is also featured in image 2015.001.018. Along with the woman featured in image 2015.001.014.

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.

Source: Wikipedia

Charles Gustavus Walline
March 30, 1874 — July 14, 1943

Charles was born March 30th, 1874 at 107 Payne Street. The house remains today as 607 Battery Place.

He was coming of age as Chattanooga experienced an economic boom during the 1890s and was witness to the first paving of Market Street, early streetcars, and the construction of the Walnut Street Bridge. By 1897 a 23-year-old Walline turned his attention to photography.  He was a listed a member of the Chattanooga Camera Club in 1897, along with the successful local commercial photographer E. L. Mudge.  Walline was also passionate about Chattanooga’s history and was listed as the ‘historian’ for the Chattanooga Half-Century Club during the group’s inaugural meeting Dec. 4, 1936.

Walline worked at D. B. Loveman & Co. for many years, and in 1918 was listed as a Department Manager. In 1920, he’s listed as Notary Public for the store.  Several images within the glass plate collection show exterior and interior shots of the Lovemans store.  

He died at age 76 at his home on South Crest Road on Missionary Ridge.

The Walline collection came in three parts.

The largest portion was sold to Picnooga by a private collector who was passing through Chattanooga within the past ten years.  The second largest part was donated by Mr. Charles Coulter who purchased them at an estate sale many years ago. The third group was purchased from a local collector who bought them on eBay a few years ago.

Many of the images in the collection are of Charles Walline’s home on Payne Street and the surrounding neighborhood.

Left, Walline in abt. 1900. Right, Charles Walline and his wife, Millie. 1930s

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