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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Yingling Brothers Auto Company Building

Picture of property 411 S. Main Street
El Dorado (Butler County)
Listed in National Register 2011-07-05

Architect: unknown
Category: specialty store
Thematic Nomination: Roadside Kansas

The Yingling Brothers Auto Company Building is located within a cluster of older auto-related buildings along South Main Street in downtown El Dorado. Constructed in 1917, the Yingling building was home to various auto dealerships until about 1940, and then housed an auto supply shop until the early 1970s. Brothers Ernest and Jeb Yingling operated their business out of this building for about ten years, at which time Ernest and his son (Ernest, Jr.) opened a Chevrolet business in Wichita where they remained for the next forty years. First generation of purpose-built auto dealerships, such as the Yingling building, resembled traditional Main Street commercial buildings, typically occupying one- and two-part commercial blocks with brick facades. The two-story, red-brick Yingling building mimics these early trends. It was nominated as part of the “Roadside Kansas” multiple property submission for its association with local commerce.



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