It's called GE Patterson now, but from 1845 - 2000 it was Calhoun Street in honor of Vice President John C. Calhoun who first proposed using Federal funds to improve navigation on the Mississippi in a meeting held here. Incidentally, Calhoun was welcomed by a young lawyer from Memphis named Jefferson Davis.
You'll notice the sidewalks on South Main were built double the normal width to accommodate the extra foot traffic to and from Central Station and Union Station down the street. At the peak of rail service, more than 90 passenger trains pulled into these terminals.
On the northeast corner, where American Apparel sits, Morris Cemetery stood on these grounds in the mid-1800s. As the city grew around it, "most" of the bodies were dug up and moved to Elmwood Cemetery.