J.C. Penny/Chicago Store
This building, though as of early 2017 is unoccupied, is significant for its architecture and association with two important businesses in Tucson: J.C. Penny and the Chicago Store, which sells musical instruments and related merchandise. The Chicago Store moved to another, smaller location just one block south in early 2016. In terms of architecture, the building is an excellent example of Italianate design. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Currently, a new developer is devising plans to convert the building so that it can house multiple commercial tenants.
Backstory and Context
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3. Laura Horley. "What’s in Store: Chicago Music Store - For a nearly 100-year-old business, intimacy is key to thriving at Chicago Music Store." Tucson Weekly. May 19, 2016. Accessed March 13, 2017.
4. Melissa Rees & Goran Radovanovich. "J.C. Penny/Chicago Store." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. September 12, 2003. Accessed March 13, 2017.
5. "Our History." Chicago Music Store. Accessed March 13, 2017. Accessed March 13, 2017.http://www.chicagomusicstore.com/about