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Cedar Rapids 2nd Avenue Automobile Row Historic District

The Auto Radiator Service building, located at 211 8th Street SE, is counted as a contributing resource to the Automobile Row Historic District. The property is a 5,500-square foot, steel beam construction with reinforced concrete floors – exterior, concrete block walls are currently painted. The building is comprised of two primary sections – the front (east) being two-story and the rear being one-story. The building is located on the west side of 8th Street at mid-block with its façade facing east. It is bounded on the south by the alley and on the north by the property at 727 2nd Avenue SE. The building was constructed in 1947 for the Auto Radiator Service, which was the primary occupant through 1965. The building’s visual character is utilitarian in nature, lacking decorative devices safe a raised central parapet. The façade features a pedestrian entrance, two bays of large display windows, and a vehicular bay. The upper story of the façade has four, evenly spaced windows, with one also cut into both the north and south elevations. The building was constructed as a radiator repair business and that historic function is reflected in its construction methods and its utilitarian appearance. The property first appears on fire insurance maps in 1949, noting the building’s footprint and general details much as they appear today. The map also indicates an open interior floor plan – typical of a repair shop property type.

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