Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Barr building was constructed to accommodate two businesses on the ground floor – a “Gents Furnishings” store, which later became a boots and shoe store, and millinery shop. By the 1930s, Hartiz-Binzel jewelers occupied the first floor and remained there until the 1980s. The upper story provided office space for dentist Edward T. Barr, a city councilman, deacon of the Presbyterian Church and an active member of the Elks Lodge; and eye, ear, nose and throat physician J.O. Carson, who won praise for his work with the State Board of Health during the 1879 yellow fever and 1885 dysentery epidemics and served in the U.S. Army’s medical corps during World War I. Barr’s son and grandson also practiced in this building.
Long time Bowling Green resident Mitchell Leichardt, born in 1923, has fond memories of going to the dentist in this building from age six until he joined the service in 1942. He recalls that Dr. Barr placed his chair in the bay window so he could see what was going on in the square below. He also recalls that Dr. Barr had served as dentist to the famous General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing (1860-1948) during World War I.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky, Bowling Green Heritage Walk series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 36° 59.584′ N, 86° 26.435′ 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: 444 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. Getty Building (a few steps from this marker); Quigley-Younglove Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Princess Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Williams Building (within shouting distance of The Nahm Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Fountain Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Turpin Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Occupations (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 89 times this year. 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.