“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Covington Building

415 Park Row

Covington Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse
1. Covington Building Marker
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 features of checkout stands,
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shopping carts, national brands and packaged foods. Opening around 1940, a women’s clothing store named Leon’s, of which vestiges of the dressing rooms are still evident, attracted Bowling Greens’ ladies for the next thirty years. Upstairs from this busy retail establishment were several medical offices offering services from dental to optometry and chiropractic to health insurance. In the early 1950s, music and news were broadcast all around town from a second floor radio station and during the Vietnam War era young men visited the second floor offices of the USAF after making the serious decision to join the Air Force. Continuing the multi-purpose nature of the building, today the back room that was originally a billiard room is now a candle making factory.

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”
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce
Covington Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
2. Covington Building Marker
. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky, Bowling Green Heritage Walk series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
Location. 36° 59.591′ N, 86° 26.517′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on Park Row, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. 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); Spanish - America War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Warren County / Portage Railroad (about 300 feet away); Bowling Green - Warren County (about 300 feet away); Morris Jewelry (about 300 feet away); Warren County's Chief USA Civil War Officers / Warren County's Awards (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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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