Photo Record

Object Name Transparency, Slide
Catalog Number 2012.025.053
Description This slide is labeled "Hunt R. M. Second Presbyterian CH. Chattanooga 1891". The description is hand written in blue ink. The printed date on the slide is March 1981. The photographer is unknown. Even though the photograph is labeled "R. M. Hunt, it is a mistake since the church was definitely designed by R.H. Hunt. The building in the image is Second Presbyterian of Chattanooga which is located at 700 Pine street in Chattanooga.
There is a sign in front of the building that states the church congregation was incorporated in 1871. The Building was constructed in 1890 by the well known Chattanooga based Architect R. H. Hunt. The church was constructed out of Sandstone from Sewanee, Tennessee on the Cumberland plateau. The building draws heavily from the Romanesque school of architecture, and is noted for its dramatic turrets and towers. The church contains twelve stained glass windows, one of which predates the current building. The Hattie Ackerman memorial window was crafted before 1890 as a memorial tribute to the school teacher and nurse to whom it was dedicated. In the summer of 1878 Hattie Ackerman tirelessly ministered to the Chattanooga ’s citizens who had fallen ill with Yellow Fever. In the fall of that year, Hattie Ackerman, too, fell ill and died. She has been known as one of the heroes of Chattanooga’s Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878. Prior to the construction of Memorial Auditorium, Second Presbyterian was used as the civic auditorium, and its seats were numbered like those in a theater. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
R.H. Hunt was one of the most influential early architects of Chattanooga and the south. Hunt came to Chattanooga in 1882 at age twenty. He began working as a builder and carpenter but within four years owned his own architectural firm. He designed numerous local buildings including the Tivoli Theatre, The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, The James Building, The McClellan Building, The Chattanooga Federal Building, Carnegie Library and many more. In addition he designed many other churches and educational buildings throughout the south. Hunt never developed one specific style but instead adapted to suit clients and keep up with changing styles all throughout his life. His firm had designed 131 buildings by the 1905. during the latter part of his life Hunt designed churches and educational buildings often for free or very low prices.
Date 1981
Print size 2.00" x 2.00"
Accession number 2012.025