D. H. Holmes Co. Ltd.




Even though its address was 819
Canal Street, Holmes had a narrow
frontage on the fabled avenue; the
bulk of the store filled the rear of
the block bounded by Dauphine,
Iberville, and Bourbon Streets.
In 1964, Holmes covered its 1913
facade with a modern facade.
The new facade incorporated details
reminiscent of New Orleans' French
Quarter, which adjoined the store
at its rear past Iberville Street.


In the 1950s, many improvements
were made to Holmes' physical
plant, including a new men's store
entrance on Bourbon Street.


The Dauphine Street side of Holmes was in a Neo-Ren-
naissance style.

The long rear facade of Holmes
dates from the early 1900s; a
bridge crossed Iberville Street
to the 1923 warehouse on the opposite side.


Holmes rebuilt the buildings across Iberville Street in
1969, incorporating the warehouse and several historic
buildings.  The expansion housed a parking garage,
retail space for fabrics and young men's clothing, and
a new French Quarter Cafeteria.

"There's no place like Holmes"

D. H. Holmes Co., Ltd. (1847)
819 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana               

524-6611









First Floor
Fine Jewelry • Diamonds • Jewelry • Watches • Hosiery • Gloves • Belts • Neckwear • Handbags • Cosmetics • Toiletries • Notions • Rain Bar • Hat Bar • Shoe Bar • City Park Sportswear • City Park Lingerie • Candies • Bakery • Candy Shop • Russell Stover Candy Counter • Gourmet Shop • Stationery • Art Goods • Cameras • Optical Shop • Zenith Hearing Aid Center • D.H. Holmes Travel Bureau • Watch Repair
Dauphine Street: City Park Shoes
Bourbon Street: Holmes Store for Men Men’s Furnishings • Men’s Sportswear • Men’s Clothing • Men’s Shoes • Men’s Hats • 121 Shop • Creole Restaurant



Park & Shop on Iberville Street
French Quarter Cafeteria  Holmes Sewing Center • Dress Fabrics • Art Needlework • Outback • Mustang Shop



Dauphine & Iberville
Holmes Garden Center


Second Floor
City Park Dresses • Daytime Dresses • City Park Coats • Woman’s World • Pontchartrain Dresses • Pontchartrain Sportswear • Pontchartrain Coats • Splendido Dresses • Esplanade Shop • The Corner • Miss D.H.H. Sportswear • Miss D.H.H. Dresses • Little Shop • Caché • Ladybug Shop • Designer Room • Bridal Salon • Fur Salon • Millinery Salon • Shoe Salon • Coat Salon • Suit Salon • Junior Dresses • Junior Sportswear • Junior Coats • Young Juniors • Young Circle Shop • College Boutique • Campus Shop • Sleepwear • Robes • Foundations • Daywear Lingerie • Maternity Shop • Uniforms


Third Floor
Books • Boys’ Wear 3-7 Shop • Boys’ Wear 8-20 Shop • Mustang Shop • Girls’ Wear 3-6x Shop • Girls’ Wear 7-14 Shop • Girls’ Lingerie • Girls’ Accessories • Children’s Shoes • Toddlers’ Wear • Infants’ Wear • Housewares • Small Appliances • Major Appliances • Hardware • Television • Stereos • China • Glassware • Silver Salon • Gift Gallery • The Entertainers Shop  Rugs • Floor Coverings • Bedding • Linens • Bath Shop • Trim-the-Home Shop • PhotoReflex Studio • Coiffures Americana Beauty Salon • The Trimmers


Fourth Floor
Auditorium • Toyland • Sporting Goods • Records • Furniture • Siesta Shop • Infants’ Furniture • Casual Living Shop • Pictures • Mirrors • Lamps • Paint and Color Center
(265,000 s.f.)







First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor





Baton Rouge
3rd and Florida Streets

Acquired Dalton's May, 1955
Tea Room




Delmont Plaza
5151 Plank Road, Baton Rouge

September, 1955




Lakeside
Metairie
March, 1960
165,000 s.f.
The Potpourri
Cafeteria



Bon Marche
Florida Highway, Baton Rouge
August, 1961

150,000 s.f.


Oakwood
West Bank Expressway at Terry Parkway, Gretna
August, 1966

143,000 s.f.
Cafeteria

Westmoreland
Baton Rouge
May,1968

Southland Mall
Houma
September, 1970


Bel Air Mall
Mobile, AL
July, 1973
210,000 s.f.
Potpourri Restaurant


Lake Forest Plaza
1974

165,000 s.f.


Hammond Square Mall
Hammond
Occtober, 1977
70,000 s.f


Uptown Plaza
Broadway
October, 1977
32,000 s.f.




Coming in due course.









19 comments:

  1. The Bel Air Mall location in Mobile looked rather similar to the modernist design of the Lakeside location.

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  2. I worked for this company for several years prior to it being purchased by Dillard's. Some of the stores are still open as Dillard's branches, but the atmosphere is gone. As far as the locations listed above, in addition, the downtown Baton Rouge store on Third St. and Delmont Village stores were opened by Dalton's of Baton Rouge and Holmes purchased these stores in 1955. The downtown Baton Rouge store closed in 1963 or 1965. The opening order of the Lakeside store in Metairie and Bon Marche store in Baton Rouge are reversed. Lakeside opened in 1960 as the first branch in New Orleans and Bon Marche in 1961. In 1968 Holmes again purchased another Baton Rouge company named Rosenfield's and closed all of its locations except for Westmoreland in Baton Rouge. That store was converted to Holmes. Holmes purchase L. Hammel and Co. of Mobile, AL in 1973. It closed the downtown Mobile store, and converted and enlarged the Bel Air Mall store. I think the Hammond Square store actually opened in 1977 as well as the Uptown Square store in New Orleans. The first Jackson.MS store, Metrocenter, opened in 1978. Belle Promenade Mall store opened in 1982, A second Jackson, MS store, North Park Mall, opened in 1984, In 1985 two stores opened, The Esplanade in New Orleans and North Shore Square in Slidell, LA. The last stores to open were Cordova Mall, the first store in FL, and a store in Alexandria, LA. (1986). Holmes was forced to open the store in Alexandria by a member of the board who owned the shopping center, which was a dead shopping center. That, along with a bad and very large investment in the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair crippled the company. Several new stores were planned to open but never did like a store at Edgewater in Biloxi, MS and Turtle Creek in Hattiesburg, MS. Dillard's had promised to keep all stores open if the stock holders of Holmes voted in favor of a buyout, except the very bad Alexandria, LA store was to be closed as part of the deal. But as soon as the buyout was excepted, the Canal Store advertised a Store Closing Sale. Dillard's never kept its word. The Holmes board of directors tried to keep the Canal Street and Lakeside stores in New Orleans out of the sale, to retain only these two stores as Holmes and sell only the remaining stores to Dillard's. However, Dillard's wanted the Lakeside store since over 33% of the whole companies volume was done out of this one location.

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  3. I worked there as well starting in the early 80's as the first African American on the visual merchandising staff ( better known as display). Growing up in New Orleans, Canal St. was the place to go shopping with it's many fine stores,including Maison Blanche,Gus Mayer (where I got my start)Gand Godchaux and of course when you went downtown,you always had to check out the windows of the stores. Holmes' windows were especially impressive flanking the arcade entrance to the store. They were 30 ft. long, 8 ft. wide and the floors could be lowered by 4 ft. There was a smaller window in the middle of the arcade. Most spectacular though were their animated Christmas windows so you can imagine what a thrill it was to be on the other side of the glass producing those wonderful vignettes combining retail and fantasy.
    Back then all the display people knew when each store would change their windows and being as competitive as we were we'd always have to check out and critique each others installations.

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  4. New Orleans locals would pronounce the name of the store as "Home-zez".

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  5. Help, please -

    I have been fortunate enough to remain in contact with several of my Franklin classmates. Just having a short vacation with one, we both discussed our missing the fruit slice candies sold at D.H. Holmes.

    These were essentially jell slices with 'rind' on them. They were wonderfully flavored and nothing like the jell slices we have been able to find today.

    If anyone has any suggestions as to where I could find these candy slices, I would really appreciate the info (as would my old friend who would receive a wonderful surprise).

    Thanks in advance.

    Irishweaver

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  6. My grandmother Pauline D'Antoni Marchadie was a sales clerk for the Junior Department at the Canal St location in New Orleans for many many years all the way to the last day of being open for business.
    She is still with us at the age of 87 and still to this day she wears a necklace that says D.H. Holmes

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  7. Liked that old mechanical scale across the aisle from those fruit slices. Was just a kid right before it closed. Got a quarter to play with it on each visit.

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  8. There was another location at Acadiana in Lafayette that opened in 1980, a year or so after the mall's opening. That store continues as a Dillard's.

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  9. I have a really old chain which looks like it could be Silver. It's reasonably thick and very heavy for it's size. It is quite short and looks as though it could be for a pocket watch?? On the clasps is a stamp, DH & CO. can anybody tell me if it was possibly from this location please? My father recently passed away and I got it in a box of his belongings. I'm merely curious. I also have a pocket watch which miraculously still works, a Clementine, which I think might be the mate for the chain. Nadene, South Africa.

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  10. The Spanish Umbrella07 August, 2013 22:54

    I had the pleasure of working at Holmes Lake Forest during its last year in business. We often transferred merchandise for customers from store to store, using slips of paper with giant numbers that corresponded to each store. As far as I can recall, this is how they went:

    1-Canal
    2-Lakeside
    3-Oakwood
    4-Delmont Village
    5-Bon Marche
    6-Westmoreland
    7-Southland
    8-Lake Forest
    9-Bel Air
    I don't remember the numbers of the others, but I think these complete the list:

    Uptown Square
    Acadiana
    Hammond Square
    Elmwood (Warehouse Store)
    Belle Promenade
    Metrocenter (Jackson)
    Metrocenter (Alexandria)
    NorthPark
    Esplanade
    Cordova
    Northshore

    Please let me know if I left any out!!

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  11. If I remember correctly the remaining numbers were:
    10-Hammond Square
    11-Uptown Square
    12-Metrocenter Jackson
    13-Elmwood Furniture Clearance Center
    14-Acadiana Lafayette
    15-Belle Promenade
    16-North Park
    After this I am not sure of the numbers but they might have been:
    17-North Shore Square
    18-The Esplanade
    19-Slidell Clothing Clearance Center
    20-Cordova Mall
    21-Metrocenter Alexandria

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  12. I worked for DH Holmes for ten years starting in 1971! I worked at Lakeside in the fabric department, then the stereo department, appliances, Fitz and Floyd, China, Silver & Gifts all before I moved to the Canal Street Store as assistant buyer. Wonderful memories!! Especially of the Christmas displays.

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  13. " We can never go back to Manderley, that much is certain." Daphne du Maurier

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  14. I used to hit Bel-air with my family back in the early 80's. The Christmas display was bananas.
    West Mobile never ran, never will.

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  15. To Anonymous, regarding the quote from Rebecca, incidentally one of my favorite films and a great book too. I'll never forget the opening line "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . . " (But then again I will never forget the opening of Anna Karenina either - "All happy families are alike; Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.")
    - Bruce

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  16. I have a long women's coat with the label holmes new Orleans in it . Just wondering how I can find its value

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  17. Does anyone who worked there remember a Carole Fridman? She worked there as a buyer in the late seventies to mid eighties I believe. She died at 44 in 1988. She is my grandmother

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  18. Please get back with me if you remember Carole Fridman

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  19. Every autumn when we would go downtown to shop for back-to-school clothes, our shopping trip ended at the DH Holmes restaurant, which I remember being on the top floor. They had amazing food (of course they did, this was New Orleans!). My mother especially loved their French onion soup. Does anyone know the name of the restaurant?

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