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Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Barr Building

History

 
 
Barr Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
1. Barr Building Marker
Inscription.  Constructed between 1891 and 1895, this two story Italianate building features a highly decorative iron clad façade. The cornice is highlighted by bulls-eye motifs and brackets and two oriel windows framed by fluted pilasters creating one of the most eye-catching facades on the square. The storefront, dating to the 1920’s, features Carrara glass, display windows and recessed entrances.

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.

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Barr Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
2. Barr Building Marker
The Barr Building is located second from the right.
Stewart Interiors has occupied this cherished Main Street structure since the 1970s.

Hearsay
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.
 
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 this marker); The Nahm Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Fountain Square (within shouting distance
Barr Building image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
3. Barr Building
The Barr Building is located second from the right.
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.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. 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.
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