Vintage DTM: history of Hamilton’s Restaurant building

This building, at the northwest corner of First and Main Streets, started out as Jefferson National Bank in the 1910s. It was carved out of the east end of the Leterman Building which was a prominent downtown department store at the time. Much of the Leterman Building still exists with various shops occupying the original space.  Jefferson National Bank opened here 100 years ago after moving from the building which is now the Jefferson Theater. This building would later become Hyman’s, a clothing store. By the time this photo was taken in the early 1970s, it was H & M Shoes.  Today this location is Hamilton’s, a fine dining restaurant on the Downtown Mall. Vintage DTM is produced by Steve Trumbull.  To see more vintage images visit



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