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Property Name Carolina Cadillac Company Building
Reference Number 14000520
State North Carolina
County Guilford
Town Greensboro
Street Address 304 East Market Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/25/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000520.pdf
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The 1922 Carolina Cadillac Company Building is locally significant and meets National Register Criterion C for architecture. The automobile showroom with its rear service area is an early and well-preserved automobile dealership building in Greensboro. Designed by Greensboro architect Harry J. Simmonds, the two-story brick building is an engaging mix of early twentieth century Commercial and Mission Revival styles. The generally flat surface of the fa<;ade is defined by four flat columns embellished with diamond-shaped panels originally inset with terra cotta. The shaped pediment and copper tiled pent roof (reconstruction) lend a Mission Revival style flair to the building. Intact features include plate-glass windows and Luxfer glass transoms, multi-paned, casement windows at the second level of the facade, and a decorative, metal awning over the entrance. The building's showroom retains much of its historic fabric such as the black-and-white, diamond-shaped, tiled floor, paneled wainscoting and doors, an open central staircase, hanging light fixtures, and crown molding. The rear service area is also remarkably intact with its concrete floor, high ceilings, six original skylights, and exposed metal truss work. The period of significance is 1922, the construction date of the building.

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