This former auto dealer complex was built in the 1920s
as a Cadillac, LaSalle and Oldsmobile franchise. The main showroom wing
has the ambiance of a church complete with a choir loft and timber framed
cathedral ceiling. It had to make a very classy impression in its day.
After the dealership no longer used the building, the showroom became
a wedding chapel for a time. The large service department wing is still
used today as an independent auto service garage. The triangle shaped
gas station building on the corner was part of the dealer business, as
was common in the 1920s. The showroom and gas station office are used
today by an antique store.
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Map of 711 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62703-2305
Photos and Web page by Jim Potts
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