Historical Images of Porter County

Lowenstine's Department Store
Valparaiso, Indiana

Date: 1906
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Richard F. Outcault, Buster Brown Company
Postmark: June 23, 1906, Valparaiso, Indiana
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: Jacob Lowenstine located his business in Valparaiso in May 1885. His first retail outlet was called the Grand Opera One-Price Clothing House, which was housed on the lower floor of the Grand Opera House (not the Memorial Opera House). At that time, the ground floor of the Grand Opera House was vacant given that the Quartermass Brothers had discontinued their business. After the rent was increased considerably at the Grand Opera House location, Lowenstine decided to purchase the old Odd Fellows building on Franklin Street, shown here, and move his business there. Lowenstine's department store business grew rapidly and the Odd Fellows building constrained growth. Hence, Lowenstine began purchasing lots located to the north and south of his building. Eventually a new store replaced the Odd Fellows building, as well as some buildings adjacent to it. The alley behind the Odd Fellows building was also vacated so that it could be used as ground for the new building.

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