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The Tutt buildings of Columbia

Response to request from Catherine Tutt Green: Wonders about Old Tutt Building in Jim article

By "Jim"

The Tutt building to which the "oldtimer" referred was constructed prior to 1898, almost certainly by Columbia businessman, developer, and entrepreneur N.M. Tutt. Parts of it were variously used (earliest date in parenthesis) by Dr. O.S. Dunbar, a dentist (March, 1898); by Rollin Hurt, Atty (prior to 1900); by the Louisville Bargain Store, which carried "a general line of merchandise, clothing and gent's furnishing goods will be made a specialty" (March, 1902); as living quarters for George Stults, N.M. Tutt, Geo. T. Flowers and Pat Burress (October, 1905); and by the law firm of H.C. Baker & W.A. Coffey (1916).

In 1922, Mr. Tutt had another business house erected, this one known as Tutt's Hall, located near the present-day parking lot of the Columbia Baptist Church. The first known occupant was Jack Cundiff, who, in June 1922 advised readers of the News that "I repair all makes of watches, clocks and typewriters...I will be at my place of business, in the new Tutt Hall, the first Monday of July and every week thereafter.." For a number of years, the main floor of this building was used as a movie theatre and as a venue for vaudeville acts, dances, and the like.

In September, 1922, Mr. Tutt started work on yet another business house in Columbia, this one "on his lot in the East corner of the square...It will be in a good location for a general store...We understand the front is to be three stories." "Jim"

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