Woolworth Company Five-and-Dime Store, Grand Avenue and Olive Street. Continental Life Building is behind Woolworth's.
@ Missouri Historical Society
W. C. Persons
DescriptionHorizontal photograph of a two story building with large windows on the first floor displaying foods for purchase. The Woolworth Company Five-and-Dime Store, Grand Avenue and Olive Street. The Contintenal Life Building is visible behind Woolworth's. Built in place of Old Beers Hotel in 1940, the Woolworths building was intended to be a 15 story by adding 13 to the already 2 story building but only one more floor was added in 1950. Woolworth stores were segregated and was one of the main spots of Protest and sit-ins from 1959-60’s after Martain Luther King Jr. was arrested in a Birmingham Woolworth. The store was one of the primary picketing places for anti-segregation organizations and people. It is thought of as one of St. Louis’s main historical civil rights/Desegregation spots. The store was closed in 1993.