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Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Getty Building

History

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
1. Getty Building Marker
Inscription.  This three story building, featuring a limestone facade with a cast iron store front, was constructed in 1871 by John Getty to house a dry goods store. After being sold to Getty's nephew, Cuthbertson, and then to the Nahm Brothers, it was the premier place in Blowing Green to shop. In 1902, accounts in the local newspaper boast that "commodious quarters are occupied at 440 Main Street" and that its stock is among the largest to be found."

The first floor displayed dry goods, embroideries, dress goods, shoes and "notions" of every description. The second floor housed an immense stock of carpets, ladies' ready made garments and a wholesale department. The third floor of the building, whcih has changed very little in its history, features a large open space with a recessed hardwood floor laid out in an octagon shape. This beautiful space, illuminated by the tall arched windows, was used as a roller skating rink and dance hall. It was briefly used as classrooms for the Bowling Green Business University and during World War II, it served as a place for soldiers in the United Serviceman's Organization (USO) to relax and socialize.

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By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
2. Getty Building Marker
The Getty Building is located third from left.
Street remained the region's main shopping destination well into the twentieth century. In the 1940's, a Western Auto Associates store, offering a wide variety of household supplies, opened on the right side of the ground floor. The Parakeet Restaurant, a local favorite for many years, occupied the left side. As customers shopped and dined downstairs, medical professionals, dress makers, realtors, and insurance agents leased offices on the second floor. In the 1990's, the ground floor was converted into the popular restaurant and bar known as "440 Main".

Hearsay
It is rumored that on hot summer nights when the third floor of the Getty Building was used for dances, young people would scare their elders in the square below as they sat on the window sills enjoying the cool evening breezes.

The second floor of the Getty Building may have a permanent resident - occasionally a female apparition appears in long, flowing gowns and is sometimes quite bothersome at night, but will settle down it told to read, hence, a supply of books is left on the top shelf of a closet.

National Register
The Getty Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Downtown Commercial Historic District.
 
Location. 36° 59.59′ N, 86° 26.441′ 
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By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
3. Getty Building
The Getty Building is located third from left.
W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on East Main Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 440 East Main Avenue, Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barr Building (a few steps from this marker); Princess Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nahm Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Quigley-Younglove Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Fountain Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Williams Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Occupations (within shouting distance of this marker); Turpin Building (within shouting distance of this marker). 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.)
 
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceWar, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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