Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
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.
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.
The Getty Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Downtown Commercial Historic District.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture Industry & Commerce • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky, Bowling Green Heritage Walk series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 36° 59.59′ N, 86° 26.441′ 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); 422 1/2 Main Street (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.)
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 78 times since then and 7 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.