In 1858, I. C. Levy, a Jewish immigrant from France, began his clothing store in Holly Springs, originally in the Southwest block of the Square (John Mickle, The South Reporter, November 25, 1965). The MDAH Historic Inventory database identifies this block as Romanesque and Italianate (respectively) with an estimated construction of 1870. Levy moved his business to the corner location in 1879, and it was the longest surviving business (Lois Swanee, Museum Curator, 2011). During World War II, the USO club was on the second floor. It remained open as an upscale clothing store operated by the Levys until the early 1970s.
With the passing of the Levys and Kohners, the Jewish community of Holly Springs was extinct by the end of the 1970s (Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life). Late in the decade, the block was purchased by a local businessman, and operated as Linwood’s until 2007 (sign in window; The South Reporter, 2005). Most recently, the building has been used for antique shows. It has undergone recent renovation, as earlier photographs show the upper floor windows covered and there is no sign on the side of the building. Some type of construction work was going on during the day I was there. What initially caught my eye as I walked down the street was the beautiful detail in the woodwork. See a bit more detail in the slideshow.