Friday, July 7, 2017

Woolworth's Building in Augusta

Stephen Andrews

The Woolworth Building located at the corner of Broad and Seventh Streets was built in 1939 and was one of America’s best known retailers. Three storefronts have been combined over time into the one current façade. In 1960, the lunch counter was the site of a Civil Rights era sit-in demonstration by a group of Paine College students. The nearly 46,000 square foot department store closed its doors in 1991 and ha...s sat vacant since then. With a number of other large former retail buildings vacant and in need of rehabilitation up and down Broad Street, the Woolworth Building is unique because of it Art Deco architectural features including the storefront, second story metal windows, and geometric parapet wall. Historic Augusta is hopeful that the current owners will follow through with proposed plans for rehabilitation and place the building back into service. Corner buildings are anchors for the downtown community and there is great potential for the future of the Woolworth Building…/2015-woolworth-department…/

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