|Holmes interior, ca. 1900; photo at top of page was taken in mid-1960's;
the sketch directly under it was done in 1873.
|"I'll meet you under the clock"
|D. H. Holmes first opened the doors to its Canal Street store in 1842.
From that time forward, for many generations of New Orleanians, it
became a favorite place to shop; its restaurant, a favorite place to
have lunch; its Christmas display a must-see during the holidays...and
the clock which hung over its entrance, a favorite place for friends to
arrange a meeting. All you had to say was"I'll meet you under the
clock" and everyone knew what you meant. The store closed in 1989.
|Holmes, decorated for Mardi Gras, 1906
|Some of Holmes' cashiers, 1913
|D. H. Holmes Restaurant, bet. 1900-1910
|Interior of D. H. Holmes, above, 1900; below, 1930.
|The store promoting War Bonds during World War II.
|The link to this page is: http://old-new-orleans.com/NO_Holmes.html
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|D. H. Holmes Department Store
|Since 1993, the old Holmes building on Canal Street has housed the
Chateau Sonesta Hotel. But once in awhile, when you pass by the
front windows, out of the corner of your eye, you may fancy that you
catch a glimpse of a thousand twinkling lights--but when you look
back, there's nothing there. Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you.
It's the lights of long ago...magical images of scores of holiday window
displays, being forever reflected in the wonder of yesterday's