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Kavarna Coffeehouse (Jones Motor Company)

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1931. 143 N. Broadway

The 1920s explosion in automobile ownership coincided with a fad for things Egyptian that flourished after the discovery in 1922 of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. That may explain why a modern auto-parts store and service garage was dressed in ancient Egyptian motifs. The small, flat-roofed structure features a stepped parapet with a cornice featuring the winged disk of the Egyptian sun god Ra, set against a background of reeds. Yellow terra-cotta tiles cover the storefront, contrasting vividly with the blue terra-cotta cornice. Piers flanking the entrance terminate with stylized torches, and lotuses cap the window mullions.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Kavarna Coffeehouse (Jones Motor Company)", [Green Bay, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 214-214.

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