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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Paul Jones Building

Picture of property 319 W. River Street
Eureka (Greenwood County)
Listed in National Register 2012-05-01

Architect: unknown
Category: specialty store
Thematic Nomination: Roadside Kansas

Built in 1946, the Paul Jones Building is located along the south side of Highway 54 / West River Street and is adjacent to the Westside Service Station and Riverside Motel, which marks the west edge of Eureka's roadside commercial district. Eureka businessman Paul Jones built this building to house his Dodge and Plymouth showroom. It reflected characteristics similar to other contemporary roadside dealerships, with its streamlined design, curved forms, barrel vaulted truss system, and large showroom windows. The showroom wasn't especially glamorous, and there was a clear emphasis placed on service. The building included a "wash and lubrication" garage in addition to a large service area at the rear. Additionally, Jones participated in the development and promotion of Highway 54 through Eureka, and just three weeks before his unexpected death in 1956 was elected president of the National Highway 54 Association. The business closed after Jones' death, and in subsequent years several auto-related repair shops operated out of the building. The building was nominated for its local significance in the areas of commerce and architecture.

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