|1628-1630 Fatherland Street, google image 2012.|
The official address of the building is 1628 Fatherland. The lot is designated as lot 86 in the A.V. S. Lindsley subdivision plat, as recorded in Chancery Plan Book 2, page 24. The plat shows lot 86 at the corner of Priest Avenue, now 17th and Van Sinderin Street, now Fatherland Street.
|A.V. S. Lindsley subdivision plat, as recorded in Chancery Plan Book 2, page 2.|
Over the years it was often 1628 and 1630 with two storefronts. For many years one storefront was occupied by a pharmacy and the other by a grocery. The Hopkins Atlas of Nashville shows the lot was empty in 1908. In January of 1910, Millard F. Fry purchased this lot from Benjamin Enloe for $750. By 1912 Mr. Fry and his brother Sherman were operating a grocery at 1628-1630 Fatherland Street, according to the Nashville City Directory. The building had two storefronts and is probably the building on the site today. It was built about 1910. Lot 86 was 50 feet wide and the sides varied slightly in length, about 145 feet, with an alley to the rear.
|Atlas of Nashville, 1908. A red X marks lot 86, 1628 Fatherland, showing an empty lot.|
For several years Fry Bros is listed as 1628-1630. In 1916, there are two businesses, 1630 was Fry Bros. and 1628 was Park Drugs. Fry Bros is there through 1918. In the 1920 directory we find H G Hill at the 1630 Fatherland address for the first time. H. G. Hill Company opened their first grocery store in 1895, in downtown Nashville. By 1920, when they moved into the building at 1628-1630 Fatherland Street the H. G. Hill Company owned many stores around Nashville. They leased the building for a few years. In 1923, H. G. Hill purchased the store building from M. F. Fry and his wife Fannie.
|Davidson County Deed Book 612, page 453. M. F. Fry to H. G. Hill Company|
Through 1945, a pharmacy operated in the smaller store front at 1628, but in the same building. H G Hill closed this location in the early 1950's. In 1955, Red Byrd Grocery was located in this building.
Summary of listings from Nashville City Directories
In 1910 there is no 1628 or 1630 Fatherland Street, indicating there was no building.
1912 - 1628-1630 Fry Bros. Grocers
1916 – 1628 Park Drugs; 1630 Fry Bros. Grocers
1917 - 1628 Vacant; 1630 Fry Bros. Grocers
1918 - 1628 Vacant; 1630 Fry Bros. Grocers
1920 - Sweetland Cash Meat Market; 1630 H. G. Hill
1924 – 1628 Hagan's Pharmacy; 1630 H. G. Hill
1930 – 1628 Cook-Peery Drug Co.; 1630 H. G. Hill
1935 - 1628 Charles Brooks, Jr. Drugs; 1630 H. G. Hill
1940 - 1628 Charles Brooks, Jr. Drugs; 1630 H. G. Hill
1945 - 1628 Charles Brooks, Jr. Drugs; 1630 H. G. Hill
1950 – 1628 no; 1630 H. G. Hill
1955 - 1628 no; 1630 Red Byrd Grocery
1958 – 1628 no; 1630 Wright's Bi-Rite