Many native Atlantans will remember getting dressed in their finest to visit the Davison-Paxson department store on the now historic corner of Peachtree and Ellis Streets. Davison’s had its origins in 1891 when the Davison & Douglas company opened its doors in downtown Atlanta. Journalist Henry Grady had just died, railroads were beginning to change the face of the South, business was booming and women everywhere were needing a place to shop. They came to Davison & Douglas to buy everything from hosiery to home furnishings.
The downtown Davison’s store was a classic example of a downtown shopping experience. The main entrance on Peachtree featured a very stately marble-floored cosmetics and jewelry area, which is now the Grand Atrium of 200 Peachtree Special Events and Conference Center. Modeled after Macy’s flagship store on Herald Square in New York, the refurbished mezzanine overlooking the atrium level gazes out on the brilliantly polished crystal chandeliers. Truly, the historic elegance of yesteryear has emerged into the wondrous special events and conference center which we are proud to call 200 Peachtree.