The Beginnings of Downtown Retail

Davidson-Paxon / Macy’s Department Store

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In 1927 Davison-Paxon, a division of R.H. Macy & Co., opened its 600,000 SF department store with little fanfare, marking the beginning of a new retail district at Peachtree and Ellis streets away from the central city railroad tracks. Designed by Hentz, Adler and Shutze, Architects of Atlanta, and Starrett & Van Vleek of New York City, the modified Renaissance Revival building had the largest store window expanse in the country. It also incorporated a small vaudeville theater, which operated on the site for 20 years. All Davison’s stores changed their name to Macy’s in 1985; the downtown store was closed in 2003. 

Recently purchased by an affiliate of Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT Inc., the building is leased to six tenants including the City's 911 operations.


Listed in 2007

Address: 180 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA  30303
Area of City: Downtown
Time: 1927
Architect/Designer: Hentz, Adler and Shutze