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Auto Showroom (now a retail store)

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now a retail store
c. 1930. East side of Main St., between 5th and 6th avenues

A well-proportioned single-floor brick commercial building has been enlivened by small cartouches of winged automobile tires placed above each of its piers. The decorative device of half of a tire and wheel has, in the fashion of the Art Deco, been effectively integrated with the surrounding wings and with the flat capital of the piers below. This is all very subtle programmatic architecture, but effective.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Auto Showroom (now a retail store)", [Grinnell, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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