1914 - The Read House Hotel

1914 - The Read House Hotel


Points of Interest

The Read House shown as it appeared in 1914 on West 9th Street (now M. L. King Boulevard) between Broad and Chestnut Street. It was built in 1871 by John Thomas Read. The "old" Read House was razed and a new ten story one was built in 1925-1926. In 1962, a 'Motor Inn' was added. Since 2004, the hotel is owned and operated by Starwood Hotel and Resorts as a member of the Sheraton family.

The Read House was built on the site of the former Crutchfield House (1847). The location was strategic in that it was directly across from the rail terminal as the city grew to become a major railroad hub.

I'm fairly sure this is an 'Overland' by Willys-Overland Motors. Prior to the depression, the company was in 2nd place behind Ford for US automobile production. One can almost reliably make out the license tag number. Note the location of the steering wheel on the right side of the car. Willys didn't change to the left until the 1915 model.

Advertisement for the 1913 Overland Model 69T from the Chattanooga Daily Times - May 27, 1913.

The Read House was erected on the site of The Crutchfield House. Built in 1847, burned in 1867.

An Overland ad by American artist and illustrator Coles Phillips (1880-1927)- known for his stylish images of women and a signature use of negative space in the paintings and advertisements found on the covers of popular magazines.