Presented by the Laurens County Historical Society, Dublin, Georgia. For questions and information, please contact Scott B. Thompson, Sr. at dublinhistory@yahoo.com.

Friday, April 08, 2016

IMAGES OF OUR PAST - THE STEPHENS BUILDING - 210 W. JACKSON ST. DUBLIN, GEORGIA

THE STEPHENS BUILDING
210 W. Jackson St.
Dublin, GA

Built ca. 1912 by William F. Schaufele for 
his department store.  Served as the site for the Rose Theater 
in 1931.  Later became Shuman's Market.  In 1945, the building was rennovated
by R.L. and Gritsie Stephens as their exclusive
women's dress store, which would include a shoe department, fur vault, hat department, 
and the top of the line dresses and accessories.  The interior was designed after
New York department stores and features a winding stair case which was the focal point 
for fashion shows and beauty contests.  
In the early 1960s, the building became Laverne's Department Store.  In the 1970s, it was 
occupied by Laurens Hardware Company and  Quality (Deese) Appliance.

The Stephens building was renovated in 1985 by H. Dale Thompson and Scott B. Thompson 
as their law offices.  Most of the remain architectural features were retained.
During the next 31 years, the building would house the offices of Judge Samuel Hilburn, Mitch Warnock, Eric Jones, Lance Jones, District Attorney Craig Fraser, Jule Greene and 
Meg Greer.

The Bank of Dudley purchased the building in February 2016 and will once again renovate 
the building as a part of a major expansion project. 













































































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