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Rich's Downtown Department Store, 45 Broad Street, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA

Rich's Downtown Department Store, 45 Broad Street, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA

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Significance: The original 1924 building, which has been added to eight times, reflects the appearance of an Italian palazzo, a favorite theme associated with department stores constructed in the early twentieth century. The 1946/1948 Store for Homes addition is one of Atlanta's earliest examples of International Style architecture. The Rich's complex is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Rich's is significant as the focus of retail shopping in downtown Atlanta since the store's opening in 1924, and as the location from which Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested following a sit-in as Rich's Magnolia Room restaurant, leading to his first night ever spent in jail.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N788
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1051
Survey number: HABS GA-2290
Building/structure dates: 1924 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1994 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1946-1948 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1935 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1937 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1939-1940 Subsequent Work



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Hentz, Reid & Adler
King, Martin Luther
Federated Department Stores
Rich, Morris
M. Rich & Brothers
Stevens & Wilkinson
Shutze, Philip Trammell
Hentz, Adler & Schutze
Otis Elevator Company
Toombs & Creighton
Stevens & Wilkinson, contractor
Almand, Jennifer, photographer




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