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Cedar Rapids 2nd Avenue SE Automobile Row Historic District

The Cedar Rapids Auto Supply building, located at 611 2nd Avenue SE, is counted as a contributing resource to the Automobile Row Historic District. The property is a two-story, 16,800-square foot, reinforced concrete construction with brick curtain walls.21 The building is situated mid-block, adjacent to 601 2nd Avenue SE, with its façade facing north. A vacant lot bounds the property on the east. The building was constructed in 1922 for Cedar Rapids Auto Supply, which was the primary occupant from 1923-1965. The Cedar Rapids Auto Supply building was constructed as a wholesale auto supply business requiring the warehousing of a large inventory and that historic function is reflected in its construction methods and its utilitarian appearance. Fire insurance maps record the property was built in 1922 and note its “fireproof” construction via a reinforced concrete and brick curtain wall structural system. Fire insurance maps also indicate that the interior openings to the staircase and spaces at the rear of the building were fitted with fireproof doors.22 With the exception of three rooms on the south, the floor plan was open – typical of a warehouse property type.

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