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Historic Lindsey Brothers Motor Co.

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1948. 519 Port Arthur Ave.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

In July 1948 Alex and Quincey Lindsey hosted a grand opening for their new business, the Lindsey Brothers Motor Company, a Studebaker dealership complete with state-of-the-art equipment for auto repairs. A Studebaker Corporation architect employed an appropriately streamlined Moderne design for the structure, which remains one of the state’s most distinctive examples of this style. Constructed of concrete blocks faced with white stucco, the facade is composed of three curved sections. The larger central section, dramatically outlined with plate glass panels, curves forward toward the street; the curves of the two smaller flanking bays are articulated by three hundred glass blocks. The building remained a car dealership until 1962, when, after a series of commercial tenants, it began to deteriorate. It was restored in 2014. A former Esso station of 1928 next door is restored.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Historic Lindsey Brothers Motor Co.", [Mena, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 156-156.

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