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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Westside Service Station and Riverside Motel

Picture of property 325 W River Street
Eureka (Greenwood County)
Listed in National Register 2012-05-01

Architect: L. Ryther & G. Handley, builders, motel bldgs
Category: restaurant; specialty store; hotel
Thematic Nomination: Roadside Kansas

The Westside Service Station and Riverside Motel is located on the south side of Highway 54 / River Street just east of the bridge spanning Fall River in Eureka. It marks the west edge of Eureka's mid-20th century roadside commercial district along Highway 54. The property was developed over several years beginning in 1939 when D. R. Parks purchased the property and constructed a combination service station and cafe building and three sleeping cabins with attached carports. These wood-frame buildings were faced with limestone reflecting a common regional architectural style known as Ozark Giraffe, an early 20th century version of the cobblestone house-building tradition. Frank "Benny" Lore, Jr. and his wife Lois purchased the property in 1951 and soon added two one-story Ranch-style buildings behind the cafe and service station. They operated the business for over 50 years. The small cabins were demolished in 2011, but the remaining buildings were rehabilitated and once again function as a café and motel. The property was nominated for its architecture and commercial history.

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