Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Godchaux's/ Maison Blanche/ Dillard's Airline Highway Baton Rouge LA

This is an interesting holdout from the days of Godchaux/ Maison Blanche department stores. This location is listed as 1500 Main St and is located just off of Florida Blvd east of downtown Baton Rouge.

http://urbanprairiewasteland.blogspot.com/2008/11/dead-malls-of-louisiana-goudchauxs.html


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  2. I remember being in Baton Rouge and stumbling upon this place back in 1998. If I remember right..it was a Dillards at the time and was still open as a retail store. The next time I came to town and had time to drive over there...it was several years later (sometime b/t 2003 and 2008) and the store was now either vacant or some office building.

    Can anyone confirm any of this? My memory may be faulty.

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  3. Yes I think it was open for a short time as a Dillard's after they took over the parent company of Maison Blanche. I am glad that Dillard's did not destroy the outside of the structure like they did to nearly all D H Holmes stores they took over.

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  4. This post should be labeled as Godchaux's....not Maison Blanche. Even though Godchaux's purchased MB....this was always known as the Godchaux's store. It was the original Godchaux's location (and I believe the only Godchaux's location).

    It is in the Guiness World Book of Records for being the longest retail store in the world at the time.

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    1. I have corrected the title of the post to include all of the names that the store was under, thanks for helping to clarify the history of the store.

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  5. Man..Just looking at that empty store makes me sad. When I ws a kid it was a flurry of activity always and Christmas the store was just majestic

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  6. I hate that they made this wonderful place out of a fema headquarter. I have dreams about this store all the time.. I even tried to go up to the building just to look inside and I cant.. They wont let mw get close.. My mom use to work there in the late 80's/ early 90's awesome times and memories man.. If I could just look inside though..

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    1. A store this well preserved is hard to find and it sucks that you cannot visit it anymore. The inside of the store is probably unrecognizable though and has probably been stripped of all of the features that made the store unique. Enjoy the memories, there are so many from places of the past that are long gone to mention here.

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  7. Actually, the inside looks very much like the old store, absent all the merchandise and fixtures.

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    1. Cool, I would really be interested in what the inside looks like now. I have seen so many stores completely changed once another company takes over the property.

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