This colorful shot of Wall Avenue from near Gay Street in 1904 recently got national attention when it was highlighted on the popular Shorpy.com website, under the headline “True Grit.” The scene includes at least 30 people, old and young, black and white, in a variety of fashions, going about a day’s business. The large concrete building on the right would be best known as the St. James Hotel.
The larger building on the left faces Market Square; it’s still standing, for years the Square’s only remaining vacant building. It’s subject of a major renovation almost completed. All the buildings on the right side were torn down in the early 1970s for the TVA headquarters project.