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Former Stewart Buick Company building in the 100 block of N. Main Street, 1970.

Former Stewart Buick Company building in the 100 block of N. Main Street, 1970.

Former Stewart Buick Company building in the 100 block of N. Main Street, 1970. The buildings in the block are being demolished.

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  1. I remember a night in 1960, no school the next day, riding with my Dad to this building with the idea of helping him stock car parts that had come in. The building looked about the same as in this picture, old and poorly lit- I still remember that wood door, the parts bins, some so low an adult practically had to sit on the wood floors inside to get to them. I barely managed to stay awake. This building and the sales and show floor buildings next door were in fact torn down sometime after 1970, giving city hall a bit more parking space in its north lot. I believe this dealership or its successor moved to Link Road.

  2. It appears as if it was the left bay of a larger building that was replaced to the right. Fine example of local vernacular brickwork at the top, circa 1880s. Beautiful metal and glass work on the storefront. The unfortunate demolition of all similar buildings along Main have excluded that street from all revitalization potential. Shame.

  3. Judge Starbuck owned and controlled this property for years. He got in on the first lots sold in Winston and built his home at 113 North Main Street. The attorney he practiced with, Eller, lived at 135 North Main. There were four buildings (bays may be a better description)side by side that “probably” looked pretty much like the one pictured here. I don’t even know why they were built. For the longest time, they stayed vacant. With a few exceptions, when they weren’t vacant, they were used for storage, or a short term tenant. When this property got out of Starbuck hands, we got city hall and eventually an automobile dealership-not the one pictured here– but I do not think this property was ever considered a great or even good location. Even in 1949, it was where the parade ended, and I think that pretty much sums up the history of this location– the end of the parade. As you got about half way up the block near second street, I do not believe Starbuck controlled that property. The highest and best use of that property appeared to be the Orinocco warehouse, which just got bigger and bigger. For a short while I think that Orinocco building was almost like a turn of the 19th century Lowes, only difference I believe it sold only wholesale.

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