From the earliest days of photography, Cameron Hill was often utilized for its picturesque view of the city below. Tragically, the top and surrounding area were razed during a late-50s urban renewal program. Homes, businesses, and up to 150-feet of elevation were removed by 1961. READ MORE
In 2010, The Library of Congress scanned and released thousands of photos taken by the Detroit Publishing Company. Several are from Chattanooga, including a 1909 view spanning the city. Skilled commercial photographers used large format cameras and 8 x 10 inch glass plates to capture remarkably clear details. From four images, I created a seamless panorama.
Permission was sought and granted to access the roof at Cameron Hill's current resident, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. This vantage offers as similar a view as possible to the 1909 vista. Due to differences in the type of cameras, lens, optics, and position - the views vary.
An improved panorama created from four 8 x 10 in. Glass Negatives
The Library of Congress notes only that it was published between 1900 and 1915. Visible clues in the photo narrow this down.
Sony α7 III - 35mm full-frame / Images assembled in Photoshop.
Today: Big River Grille
Since 1952: Hunter Museum
19 Prospect St.
- for providing access and safety gear for the photo shoot.