Who We Are
|Quad Cities* base
of Kirks Auto Refitters. Purpose built in 1946 as a Buick dealership.
The unique Art Deco inspired building had a service station in front
with two bays, then customary exterior "ladies' room" facility, and interior
office and "men's" facility. Two gas pumps, long ago removed were placed
strategically so those who stopped for service would get a view of the showroom
and its new cars offerings.
(*The Quad Cities
rests on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River and share a population
of 400,000. The region is made up of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa,
and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois ...and surrounding
communities.) SW corner
|To the west were four more
bays and on the north, the alley side, you can see the seven-bay compliment
and the concrete ramp on the left which led to the second story and 13
more bays. The bays on the north were the body shop while those to the south
were for new car prep work. NW corner
and two lots across the avenue and half block behind the building were
used as a functional Buick dealership for 50 years. Currently the
building houses my personal collection of nearly 35 vehicles and affords
space for my parts biz, working on my cars, and what service I can provide
given my over taxed work time.