108 E. University
Qualified Opportunity Zone
Local MSSS Grant Eligible
Located in National Register District
Similar in stature to 121 N. Broadway, the Western Gas Building was constructed c. 1930. Previously, the site was part of the Benton County Hardware Store. In the 1930s, the site was repurposed as an office space west of the Youree Hotel, before the construction of Crain Motors. The building previously held office space for Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce and currently holds Ellingson Contracting, a general contracting team.
The original façade was supported by three unelaborated brick structural columns, holding large display windows, with a recessed entrance at the eastern half of the building. In a photograph from the 1940s, the lower façade displays either a cornice or retractable awnings. Lower façade cornices would be a unique element in Siloam Springs, with only a few buildings exhibiting this feature. Currently, the upper portion of the façade is covered in stucco and pressed metal, making the building a non-contributing structure to the downtown historic district.
For more information on this building’s history, contact the Siloam Springs Museum at Don@siloamspringsmuseum.com. For information on building improvement consultation, grants and tax credit opportunities, contact Main Street Siloam Springs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youree Hotel Offices, c. 1940, Siloam Springs Museum.
Ellingson Contracting, d. 2020, Main Street Siloam Springs.