Tag Archives: Georgia Department Stores

Jay’s Department Store, Commerce

Commerce Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

A. J. Gillen Department Store, 1907, Maxeys

The Victorian commercial building on the right was originally home to the A. J. Gillen Department Store. In naming it a Place in Peril, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation noted: The building currently sits vacant. Due to Maxeys’ isolated location, the large size of the building and its deteriorating condition, attracting a business to the A.J. Gillen Department Store is a challenge. Without that investment, the building will continue to deteriorate.

I made this photograph several years ago and haven’t been through Maxeys in some time. I believe there was an effort to restore it, but do not know of any progress.

Woolworth Department Store, 1939, Augusta

In its heyday, the F. W. Woolworth Company was one of the nation’s leading retail store chains. The location of the Augusta store was one of the busiest parts of the city when built in 1939. It closed in 1991 and has been empty since.

In 1960, its lunch counter was the site of a sit-in, protesting segregation, by a group of students from Augusta’s Paine College, a historically Black institution.

Broad Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Rosenberg Brothers Department Store, 1924, Albany

This Second Renaissance Revival landmark was designed for Jacob Rosenberg by local architect J. T. Murphy. It was modeled after the Neel Reid-designed Michael Brothers Department Store in Athens. Rosenberg originally opened a store in Troy, Alabama, with his brother, and then expanded to Albany in 1896. He married a local girl, Annie Cohn, and was soon the busiest merchant in town. Rosenberg’s was Albany’s finest department store for much of the 20th century, closing the downtown location in 1978 and focusing their business on the local mall.

It is presently home to the Albany Herald and is alternately known as the Herald Building.

National Register of Historic Places

E. P. West & Company, 1898, Clarkesville

For most of its history, this was a general/department store and has been in the same family since its construction.

Clarkesville Downtown Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Watt & Holmes Hardware Building, 1908, Cordele

This marble-front commercial block is one of the nicest historic retail buildings remaining in downtown Cordele. Its condition is probably not good, but hopefully, it can be saved. Watt and Holmes was one of the most successful businesses in early-20th-century Cordele. It was last home to an Allied Department Store.

Cordele Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

Gallant-Belk Building, Hartwell

The Gallant-Belk department store was located on the first floor of this building and the Hartwell Garment Company, a sewing factory, operated upstairs. It’s an antique store today.

Hartwell Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Howell Street Storefronts, Hartwell

The structure to the right in the view above is Bailes Cobb, a popular locally-owned independent department store that’s been in business since 1929! Below (right) is The Art Center, a gallery and event space operated by the Hart Regional Arts Council.

Hartwell Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

South Broad Street Storefronts, Commerce

Many of the historic storefronts in downtown Commerce have been nicely restored. It’s a busy area.

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Most of these structures houses businesses typical of small towns, from department and grocery stores to lawyer’s and doctor’s offices.

Commerce Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Dooly Street, Montezuma

montezuma ga historic commercial storefronts dooly street photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Montezuma Historic District, National Register of Historic Places