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Location DB > United States > Tennessee > Memphis > B. Lowensteins and Bros. Department Store
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B. Lowensteins and Bros. Department Store
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created by natxtron on 10/11/2006 5:16 AM
last modified by natxtron on 3/18/2009 2:49 PM
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 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Active
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address
64 North Main
Memphis, Tennessee
United States
Owner: CGI Prague based Development
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    five floors, interior columns, ornate decor and woodwork, basement and sub-basement with original freight elevators.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1883
    Closed: 1980
     Required Equipment
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     History
    Built in 1883 by Benedict Lowenstein, the department store was direct competition for Goldsmiths, another local department store owned and operated in the growing Jewish community in Memphis at the end of the 1800's, just after the Yellow Fever Epidemic. Several years later, the Court Annex building was built on the southeast corner of the block and connected to the original building. It was used for additional storage.

    Elias Lowenstein, the last of the Lowenstein brothers, died in 1919. The Lowenstein Mansion, with gargoyles, stained glass and amazing fireplaces, is still located on Jefferson in the Victorian neighborhood.

    After 1919, the Lowenstein building was operated by Carol's Furniture, and later Rhodes Jennings (date unknown). Both buildings were owned and operated by Rhodes Jennings until 1980, when the downtown business closed. The east exterior of the building still shows the painted brick facade advertising Rhodes Jennings Furniture.
     Media Coverage
    http://www.memphis...gs-CourtSqCtr.html

    http://www.downtow...desjenningsrfp.doc

    http://www.wmctv.c...=5522219#storyBody

    http://www.commerc...18/history-reborn/
     Future Plans
    renovation for condominiums/ retail space... now unsure as of october 2006 fire.

    Grand reopening March 18, 2009.
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    Wed, Oct 11th, 2006
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/18/2009 4:06 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 18 09 at 16:06, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 18 09 at 14:49, natxtron made this location public
  • on Mar 18 09 at 14:49, natxtron changed the following: Status, Hazards, Recommendation, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Oct 11 06 at 21:06, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 11 06 at 19:59, natxtron added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Oct 11 06 at 19:56, natxtron deleted picture 207126 from gallery 06 fire
  • on Oct 11 06 at 19:56, natxtron deleted picture 207126 from gallery 06 fire
  • on Oct 11 06 at 19:56, natxtron deleted picture 207126 from gallery 06 fire
  • on Oct 11 06 at 19:54, natxtron deleted picture 207126 from gallery 06 fire
  • on Oct 11 06 at 19:42, natxtron updated gallery picture IMGP2541.JPG
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