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Louisiana Car Showrooms & Dealerships

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former Ford showroom
Crowley, LA
This former Ford showroom was built around 1920. It is now used as the Crowley City Hall after a $2 million renovation in 2005. The building has "Crowley Motor Co." inscribed at the top. [map]

former Ford showroom
New Iberia, LA
former Covington Motors
Covington, LA
This former Ford showroom has been adapted for retail space and currently houses Allain's Jewelry. Does anyone know the history of this building? [map]

Covington Motors was built in 1940. It was a Ford dealership. The building has housed the Woodwright Shop since at least 2008. For more, see this website. [map]

Bres Motor Company
Hammond, LA
The Bres Motor Company was a Ford dealership. The building may have been built in the 1910s or 1920s. It was vacant when this photo was taken in 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

Airline Motors
LaPlace, LA

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The Airline Motors building was named for its proximity to the airport. It was built for Airline Chevrolet in 1937. A cafe and service shop opened in 1939 and car sales was gradually phased out. The restaurant remained opened through the early 2000s. In 2003, the building still had its canopy sign. Perhaps it was damaged and removed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Around 2008, the building's facade and canopy sign were repainted and remodeled. The building began housing Debbie's Lounge. By 2016, the building had mostly been repainted white again. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bohn Motor Co.
New Orleans, LA

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The Bohn Motor Co. was designed by Emile Weil and built in 1925. It was a Ford dealership. The building had been vacant for years. It was restored from 2018-2019. The building is list on the National Register of Historic Places. [map]

Greenlaw Truck & Tractor Company
New Orleans, LA
I believe this building originally housed the Greenlaw Truck & Tractor Company. The Gulf Oldsmobile Company moved into the building in 1919. The building now houses Aunt Sally's Praline Shop. [map]

Motorworks Building
New Orleans, LA
The Motorworks Building was built in 1916 and used through the 1920s for dealerships. I believe the original dealership was Bernstein-Glenny Motors Co. which sold Buick and Stearns. The building was later used as a warehouse. It is now used for apartments. [map]

Auto Center
Thibodaux, LA
The Auto Center showroom building appears to be from the 1960s. The interior features hanging globe lights. [map]

former Andress Motors
Shreveport, LA

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This Andress Motors building was designed by Sam Wiener and built in 1929 as a parking garage and the Howard Motors Ford dealership. Redden Thaddeus "Thad" Andress was the original owner. The building had been vacant for many years. From 2020-2021, it was restored as the Andress Artist & Entrepreneur Center. The vintage photo was posted inside the building while renovations were going on. For more, see this website. [map]

City Parking Lot
Shreveport, LA
The City Parking Lot building was built in 1928. It was used as a combination auto service garage, gas station, and upper-level parking. [map]

Wray-Dickinson Building
Shreveport, LA
The Wray-Dickinson Building was built from 1913-1915 for the Wray-Dickinson Motor Car Co. The company sold Packards, Hudsons, and Fords. In 1969, the company then known as Wray Ford moved to another location. The building housed an architectural firm and a realtor in 2007. The vintage photos above were on display in the lobby. The building has housed a couple of banks since at least 2013. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see this website. [map]

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