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Ochs/Times Building

 
 
Ochs/<i>Times</i> Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 16, 2021
1. Ochs/Times Building Marker
Inscription.  
This property has been
placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCommunicationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is May 7, 1891.
 
Location. 35° 2.829′ N, 85° 18.441′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East 8th Street, on the right when traveling north on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 736 Georgia Ave, Chattanooga TN 37402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Library Building (a few steps from this marker); Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (within shouting distance of this marker); First Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Coca-Cola Bottling Company In The United States (about 300 feet away); Abby Crawford Milton (about 300 feet away); Military History of Chattanooga
Ochs/<i>Times</i> Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 16, 2021
2. Ochs/Times Building Marker
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(about 400 feet away); Hamilton County (about 700 feet away); Central Block Building / Site of First Presbyterian Church (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Regarding Ochs/Times Building. Excerpt from the National Register nomination:
… Built in 1888-1892, the Dome Building is one of the city's outstanding landmarks. Not only was the building's architecture significant with its rich and varied exterior detailing and its uniquely distinctive dome, but it also had the visual advantages of being built on a small hill and being the tallest building in the city — six stories plus the cupola topped by a dome. …

The Dome Building itself was originally used as the publishing plant for The Chattanooga Times, a newspaper owned by Adolph S. Ochs. It served The Times until 1942 when the newspaper moved to new quarters. …

In 1878 the nine-year-old Chattanooga Times was on the verge of closing after numerous owners had failed in their attempts to develop a successful newspaper. Ochs borrowed money to buy half the paper, with an option to buy the remaining half at a later date. The Times succeeded as a newspaper, and Ochs bought
Ochs/<i>Times</i> Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 16, 2021
3. Ochs/Times Building
The structure is commonly known today as the Dome Building.
the second half four years later. During this period of prosperity Ochs had the “Times Building” constructed.

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Adolph S. Ochs went on to purchase The New York Times and turn it into one of the country's leading newspapers while still owning the paper in Chattanooga, which he considered home even while living in New York City. Ochs also was instrumental in the formation of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, the transfer of Cravens Terrace and Lookout Point on Lookout Mountain to the federal government, and contributed to several other local causes. He died in 1935 and seven years later the “Times Building” was sold to new owners, who began referring it as the “Dome Building.”




 
Also see . . .  Asset Detail | Ochs Building or Times Building. National Register nomination (PDF) and photographs (PDF) submitted for the building in 1978. (Submitted on October 18, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Additional keywords. Ochs/Times Building
 
<i>The Chattanooga Times</i> Building image. Click for full size.
Paul A. Hiener Collection, Chattanooga Public Library / Fair use, 1925
4. The Chattanooga Times Building
This was the newspaper's home for six decades.
Adolph Simon Ochs (1858-1935) image. Click for full size.
By The Cyclopædia of American Biography, circa 1918
5. Adolph Simon Ochs (1858-1935)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 18, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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