Interstate Life Building. (Photo: Chattanooga Public Library, Picture File Collection)

Each week, the Photo of the Day will feature a photo from the Chattanooga Public Library and The Chattanooga Memory Project. 

This photo features the Low relief sculptures that grace the entrance of the former Interstate Life and Accident Company Building. It is located at 540 McCallie Avenue.


From the library:

Thomas Puryear Mims (1906-1975), a Nashville sculptor and Vanderbilt art professor created the plaques shown over the doors. The insurance company was organized in 1910 and moved into an existing building at this same location in 1922. Then in 1949; ground was broken for this building.

The Chattanooga Memory Project was created by the Chattanooga Public Library to capture the city’s history from the perspective of individuals, including current and former residents and visitors to the Scenic City. Find more of Chattanooga’s history — and add your own photos, videos, stories and more — at