1 Marcus Square - 1914 & Various Additions (RTHL)
Herbert Marcus, his sister, Carrie Marcus Neiman, and her
husband, Abraham (Al) Neiman founded Neiman Marcus in 1907.
Before founding the store, Herbert Marcus was a buyer for Sanger Brothers,
and Carrie was an assistant buyer for A. Harris &
Company. The renowned department store's flagship location sits on Ervay Street
between Main and Commerce. The structure has been expanded both
horizontally and vertically many times. The original 4 story 1914
building sits on the southwest corner of Main and Ervay. In 1927, it
was expanded with a 4 story addition to the south, extending the full
block along Ervay. The next addition, matching the style of the
first two phases, placed 2 floors on top of the buildings. If you
look carefully, you can see this addition is slightly less detailed.
Another floor was added in a later expansion that was similar to the
original, but even less detailed than the previous one. In the
1940's and 1950's, Neiman Marcus expanded horizontally to the west several times.
additions effectively doubled the size of the store, but did not not match
the building's architectural style. The last major addition put two
floors on top of all of the buildings, giving the department store a total
height of 9 stories. This addition looked slightly different than
the previous 1940's addition, but was similar in style. The part
that was built over the eastern half of the building only made a slight
gesture to the ornamented lower floors with a cornice, but did not attempt
to replicate the window pattern or the ornamental stone work. This
last addition was constructed around 1970.