F. W. Woolworth Building (Lexington, Kentucky)

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The Woolworth, F.W., Building was a historic department store
Department store
A department store is a retail establishment which satisfies a wide range of the consumer's personal and residential durable goods product needs; and at the same time offering the consumer a choice of multiple merchandise lines, at variable price points, in all product categories...

 building located in Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 63rd largest in the US. Known as the "Thoroughbred City" and the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region...

, that served as a retail location for the F. W. Woolworth Company
F. W. Woolworth Company
The F. W. Woolworth Company was a retail company that was one of the original American five-and-dime stores. The first successful Woolworth store was opened on July 18, 1879 by Frank Winfield Woolworth in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as "Woolworth's Great Five Cent Store"...

 from 1946 to 1990. It was designed by Frederick W. Garber
Frederick W. Garber
Frederick W. Garber was an American architect in Cincinnati, Ohio and the principal architect in the Garber & Woodward firm with Clifford B. Woodward...


The store was the site of civil rights protests against segregation
Racial segregation
Racial segregation is the separation of humans into racial groups in daily life. It may apply to activities such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a public toilet, attending school, going to the movies, or in the rental or purchase of a home...

 during the 1960s
The 1960s was the decade that started on January 1, 1960, and ended on December 31, 1969. It was the seventh decade of the 20th century.The 1960s term also refers to an era more often called The Sixties, denoting the complex of inter-related cultural and political trends across the globe...


After 1990, the city government favored creating a business incubator
Business incubator
Business incubators are programs designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by incubator management and offered both in the incubator and through its network of contacts...

 on the site. However, the building was demolished in 2004 and turned into a parking lot.

See also

  • Greensboro sit-ins
    Greensboro sit-ins
    The Greensboro sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests which led to the Woolworth's department store chain reversing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United States....

  • Laurel Homes, also by architect Frederick W. Garber
  • Historic Woolworth's
    F. W. Woolworth Building (Wilmington, Delaware)
    The F. W. Woolworth Company Building is a historic department store building located in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.-History:From 1940 to 1997, the F. W. Woolworth Company operated the store, this location being one of the last to close. The building then housed a Happy Harry's drug store and...

     in Wilmington, Delaware
    Wilmington, Delaware
    Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware, United States, and is located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley...

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Fayette County, Kentucky
    National Register of Historic Places listings in Fayette County, Kentucky
    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Fayette County, Kentucky.This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Fayette County, Kentucky, United States...

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