415 Park Row
The Covington Building was constructed in the 1860s when the chilly side of the square was known as “frozen row”. Built for Joseph Covington, an attorney, director of a local bank, and a noted “stump speaker” at Democrat rallies, this attractive two story structure is noted for its Italianate cornice with paired brackets and dentil molding, decorative brick work and limestone sills and lintels. Such architectural detailing was typical for the post war era and can also be seen in the Gerard Hotel, located a couple of doors down at 423 Park Row.
The building has had a wide variety of uses. In the 1880s and 1890s, locals and traveling businessmen enjoyed playing billiards in a back room after eating and drinking in the “ole Richmond Saloon” with lodging conveniently located on the upper floor. Around the turn of the century, a five and dime “notions, dry goods and novelties” sore was located here and by the 1920s, reflecting a national trend toward the new self-service type grocery store, the phenomenally successful Piggly Wiggly Grocery chain opened a store here with all the latest
By 1914, the Covington Building extended all the way back to 10th Street linking the Courthouse with Fountain Square. Mr. William Cobb, owner of the five and dime store at the time, welcomed the public to use his building as a short cut. Early maps show a restroom in the rear of the building which made the short cut convenient in more ways that one. Cobb’s Dime Store soon acquired the nickname, “Arcade of Bowling Green”
Location. 36° 59.591′ N, 86° 26.517′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gerard Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Occupations (within shouting distance of this marker); Ackerman Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Warren County / Portage Railroad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bowling Green - Warren County (about 300 feet away); Morris Jewelry (about 300 feet away); Warren County's Chief USA Civil War Officers / Warren County Awards (about 300 feet away); The Nahm Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
Also see . . . Downtown Heritage Walk. (Submitted on September 8, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.