“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)

Williams Building


Williams Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
1. Williams Building Marker
Inscription.  The Williams Building, constructed circa 1880, is an archetypal nineteenth century “two-part” commercial block building. Its importance rests not in its individual distinction, but more in the quiet contribution it makes to the architectural fabric of Fountain Square. The street level storefront accommodated public uses, such as retail or banking, while the upper level housed more private uses such as offices and meeting halls.

One of the most noteworthy occupants of the second floor was the Bowling Green City Council who used the space for the council chambers and city offices until a new city hall building was constructed on the corner of State and 10th Avenue circa 1898. After the city council vacated the space, the local YMCA used the upper quarters for games, physical training, bible classes and prayer meetings for young men. The name of the building salutes J. Mott Williams who operated a Men’s Clothing Store in the storefront space from 1911 to 1940 and it is apparent from historic photographs that the name “Williams” appeared in the elaborate Victorian pediment that once decorated the cornice. At one
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time, The Kentucky-Tennessee Light & Power Company and United Way of Southern Kentucky had offices in the building and in the early 1950s, the popular WKU quartet, the Hilltoppers, sang in the Moose Hall when it was located at this address. More recently, the building accommodated a sewing machine shop, financial institutions and law offices.

A deed search of the property revealed multiple transactions involving the ancestors of local attorney Frank Hampton Moore, Jr. who has fond memories of an annual family tradition of watching the Christmas Parade from the second floor windows.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky, Bowling Green Heritage Walk series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 36° 59.557′ N, 86° 26.446′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on State Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 908 State Street, 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. Turpin Building (a few steps from this marker); Quigley-Younglove Building (a few steps from this marker); Barr Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Getty Building (within shouting
Williams Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
2. Williams Building Marker
The Williams Building is fourth from left.
distance of this marker); Civil War Occupations (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Princess Theatre (about 300 feet away); The Nahm Building (about 300 feet away); Fountain Square (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 September 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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