Grapevine in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Wood Automotive Building
In 1916, John Benjamin Wood (1861-1934) had this building constructed, contracting with local builder Frank Estill. Among the features of the building are three bays divided vertically by four brick piers and horizontally by a suspended Wooden awning. The building represents an excellent example of automotive sales and service structures erected throughout the country after 1910. Evidence of the original front ramp can be seen in the sidewalk, and pressed metal ceilings remain. Various automotive-related businesses operated here including a Ford dealership; in 1931, J.B. Wood and his son, Jim Wood, opened the Service Garage. The building is best remembered as the 55-year home of a Western Auto Associate Store, owned and operated by Jim Wood from 1937 until 1969 and afterward by third generation Charles Wood until 1992. Since 1993, craft malls have occupied the historic building: Main Street Country, Main Street Station and Grapevine's Market on Main, opened in 2013 by fourth generation David Wood as proprietor. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 32° 56.269′ N, 97° 4.697′ W. Marker is in Grapevine, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and East Worth Street, on the left when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 337 S Main Street, Grapevine TX 76051, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First National Bank of Grapevine, Texas (a few steps from this marker); Grapevine Masonic Lodge #288 (within shouting distance of this marker); Grapevine's Liberty Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); J. E. Foust & Son Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Tarrant County State Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grapevine Sun (within shouting distance of this marker); "Walking to Texas" (within shouting distance of this marker); Grapevine I.O.O.F. (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grapevine.
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