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Cobbs-Hemphill Parking Center

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1955, Butler-Brasher Company. 1319 Ave. J

As downtown Lubbock’s retail buildings expanded in the 1950s, so did the need for more parking. Two local department stores, Cobb’s and the Hemphill-Wells Company, cooperatively built and operated this seven-story garage (two levels are below grade), designed by Herbert Brasher as an open concrete deck structure railed with pleated metal panels. The perky blade sign on Avenue J signaled the garage’s location to shoppers on 13th Street. A block south of the parking center at 1420 Avenue J is the two-ftory Gibson Garage (1950, Sam Kalesky). The sweeping curve of its corner bay and its setback from 15th Street accommodated its original tenant, the Firestone Tire Company.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Cobbs-Hemphill Parking Center", [Lubbock, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 379-379.

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