May 13, 2014

CityLove: Tour Chattanooga by Instagram

  • By: Grant Stevens

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Credit: @fox_in_its_hole, Instagram
Some of my favorite things…#coolidgepark #tennesseeriver #lookout mountain #deltaqueenriverboat #fallleaves #marketstreetbridge #tennesseeaquarium #blueskies @tiltshift #riverboat-- @fox _in_its_hole, Jamie Leigh

We love Jamie’s picture because it has so many of our favorite parts of Chattanooga -- the river, a historic bridge, and of course, one of our National Treasures, the Delta Queen Steamboat.

As part of CityLove, our ongoing blog series, we’re exploring Chattanooga, Tenn. Last week we did an overview of the city, and this week we’re taking you on an Instagram tour.

Credit: @willmusto, Instagram
This is Chattanooga. – @willmusto, Will Musto

Warehouse Row, in Chattanooga’s Central Business District, was originally the Old Stone Fort during the Civil War, before transforming into a warehouse district at the turn of the 20th century, only to become a shopping center in the 1980s. It now houses retail and boutique shopping.

Credit: @jenny__p, Instagram
Office space. #latergram #vanguard14 #vacancy #opportunity #cha -- @jenny__p, Jenny Park

During the 2014 Vanguard gathering, hosted by Next City, participants took tours of Chattanooga. One building that captured several photographers' interest was this currently vacant office building.

Credit: @zac_darden, Instagram
#noogagram -- @zac_darden

Nearby Lookout Mountain contains Point Park and the beautiful New York Peace Memorial, pictured here. With a height of 95 feet and made of pink granite and Tennessee marble, the monument features Confederate and Union soldiers shaking hands at the top.

Credit: @Paulwwalters, Instagram
The Dome Building. #latergram #chattanooga #architecutre #noogagram #igchattanooga --@paulwwalters, Paul Walters

Built in 1891, this building was originally called the Ochs Building. It was home to the Chattanooga Times, which operated from 1892 to 1947, and its successor, the Chattanooga Times Free Press. When the newspaper moved out, it was renamed the Dome Building.

Credit: @zachkast, Instagram
Chattanooga art district. Chattanooga, TN -- @zachkast, Zach Kast

Art, historic preservation, and community revitalization have a long history of working together. When we saw this beautiful photo, we were reminded of a Jane Jacobs quote, “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”

Credit: @misty_y, Instagram
#view #chattanooga #noogagram #instanooga #mlkblvd #water -- @misty_y, Misty

The Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and United State Courthouse, commonly referred to as the Solomon Building, is a beautiful example of the Art Moderne style used for many government buildings in the 1930s. This place is the work of local architect Reuben Harrison Hunt.

Credit: @paulmcmillan, Instagram
#Chatturday #TennesseeAquarium #downtownchattanooga #instagramTennessee #sunsetchasing -- @paulmcmillan, Paul McMillan

The Chattanooga Riverfront is home to many of the city's tourist attractions, including the Tennessee Aquarium, whose skyline is pictured here. The Aquarium opened in 1992, with a major expansion in 2005.

Credit: @carondesigner, Instagram
Truth. #wallwords #vanguard14 #cha #JAXtoCHA -- @carondesigner, Caron

Although this photograph doesn't feature the architecture of Chattanooga, we really like this quote on the exterior of the Chattanooga History Center, scheduled to open in late 2014.

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so we can better face the future.” -- Robert Penn Warren

Next week we're chatting with some local Chattanooga preservationists, so stay tuned for more CityLove!

Grant is the manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World—Conrad, Iowa! Now a resident of beautiful Baltimore, you can most often find him reading, running, or out on the road saving places.


This Preservation Month, let's celebrate and explore historic places, starting with one action a day through the month of May. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

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