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Tennessee Art Deco & Streamline Moderne Buildings

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Hardie & Caudle
Chattanooga, TN
Hardie & Caudle was a clothing store, built in 1923. Hickey-Freeman was a brand of clothing that they offered. The building housed the Country Life restaurant when this photo was taken in 2005. By 2014, the building was occupied by the Mexiville restaurant. [map]

Wichman Monuments
Chattanooga, TN
Wichman Monuments has been around since 1946. This moderne building features a wonderful and unusual rock facade. Wichman has a huge display of grave markers out front including this nice one. [map]

R.L. Coulston & Sons
Covington, TN
R.L. Coulston & Sons Building Materials occupies this 1930s-looking building. Does anyone know what business was here originally and when this was built? Perhaps the neon Frigidaire sign is a clue. [map]

Beckner's Jewelry [gone]
Johnson City, TN
former S&W Cafeteria
Knoxville, TN
Beckner's Jewelry was established in 1886. The store later moved to this location. This vitrolite structural glass facade was probably installed in the 1930s or 1940s. The store closed in 1985. This photo was taken in 2007. By 2012, the vitrolite had been removed and the building was housing Misty's Blues and Jazz. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The S&W Cafeteria was built in 1936. This location was part of the S&W Cafeteria chain which was based in Charlotte, NC. Another building still remains in Asheville, NC. The Knoxville location closed in 1981. The building was restored and reopened as the S&W Grand restaurant in 2009. It closed in 2011. The building now houses the Douglas J Aveda Institute. For more, see this website. [map]

WREC Radio
Memphis, TN
This WREC Radio transmitter building is no longer in use. It appears to be from the 1920s or 1930s. [map]

former Sears Crosstown
Memphis, TN
This Sears Crosstown department store was built in 1927. The retail store closed in 1983. Sears continued with catalog operations here until 1993. The building has been vacant since then. In 2015, renovation work began to transform the building into housing and retail space. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Red Rose Dairies Building [gone]
Murfreesboro, TN
The Red Rose Dairies Building appeared to be from the 1940s. It had been vacant since at least 2006. After the ice cream place closed, the building housed the Red Rose Coffee House and Bistro for several years. It was demolished in 2011.

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