When was this photo taken?
According to the Chattanooga Library, this was taken by photographer Will H. Stokes and is recorded as being captured in 1912. However, just to the left beyond the Dome Building, the old Hamilton County Courthouse can be clearly seen. It burned to the ground on 7 May 1910 after being struck by lightning.
The photo is shot from the Hotel Patten, which was opened April 1, 1908.
Another clue is in the distance; The Chattanooga Brewing Company’s building is still marked as such. In the 1909 panorama, the logo had been removed from the side of the building.
There are no automobiles. Even in the 1911 Hotel Patten image, several cars can be seen.
So, my best guess places this photo as being taken in the spring or summer of 1908. I’m open to other theories...