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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Manweiler-Maupin Chevrolet

Picture of property 271 S. Main Street
Hoisington (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 2012-10-09

Architect: Mann & Company
Category: specialty store
Thematic Nomination: Roadside Kansas

The Manweiler-Maupin Chevrolet Dealership in downtown Hoisington was constructed in 1944. The building serves as the third location of the Hoisington-based dealership, which was founded in 1928 by J.B. Slade. The business not only survived the Great Depression, but outgrew its original location and relocated in 1932. Slade sold the business to his two sons-in-law, August Manweiler and Wayne Maupin, in 1937. It was during World War II that the two partners decided to build a new facility, and one of the most unique aspects of the building's history is the timing of its construction during the war when auto assembly had come to a halt as production shifted to the war effort. Plans and specifications were provided by Mann and Company of Hutchinson. The building reflects the Streamline Art Moderne style with the curved showroom, rounded corner, use of glass block and horizontal banding around the building. Today the business continues under the ownership and operation of Slade's great-grandson Gene Manweiler. It was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the "Roadside Kansas" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the areas of commerce and architecture.

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