Throwback Thursday – The Ackerman Building

Fountain Square is full of history. The Landmark Building at 911 College Street has seen over 125 years’ worth. This week we take a trip down memory lane to the original Ackerman building with help from the staff at Ment Cowork.

Built in 1892, this was originally the Ackerman Building. Fountain Square had only been a public park for 20 years. College Street was known as Summer Street in those days. The Ackerman Building was home to businesses of all kinds—a bakery, department stores, candy shops, businesses and offices.

The Ackerman Building is on the Downtown Heritage Walk and on the National Register of Historic Places. It was even home to Bowling Green’s original J.C. Penney department store before it moved to Greenwood Mall.

Current building owner J.D. Haase has managed the property since 2018 and made major renovations inside for Ewing Ford properties, Ment Cowork, and Spencer’s Coffee. The last time major renovations were completed was nearly 40 years ago in the 1980s.

From 1980 to 1991, the Landmark Association invested money in the Downtown Main Street project to revitalize old buildings and support businesses moving back into the heart of Bowling Green. It was during this time that the Ackerman Building became known as the modern-day Landmark Building.

While the inside of the landmark building is newly-renovated with updated amenities and modern offices, hints of its historic past remain with its decor. The main lobby entrance even has a mural of the old building featuring the J.C. Penney storefront.

The Ment Cowork staff is celebrating its one-year anniversary in the space by doing throwback tributes to the building’s history all month long.