AKA: Brus Buick Company Dealership, Tacoma, WA; Sharp and Sons USA of Yesterday Motors, Tacoma, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: Bonnell Construction Company (firm); Nelsen, Silas E., Architect (firm); J. E. Bonnell (building contractor); Silas E. Nelsen Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1946-1948

4 stories, total floor area: 84,000 sq. ft.

455 Saint Helens Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402-2433

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Company President Rudolph A. and Vice-President John A. Mueller opened the family's new Buick dealership on 12/04/1948; Mueller-Harkins had operated a car dealership in Tacoma since 1916, when it was located at 8th Street and A Street. Plans for a new building dated back at least until 1945, but construction did not finish until late 1948. Mueller-Harkins was conceived on a grand scale, as it contained a Texaco Gas Station and a Firestone Tire Store, a large parts department, service garage and space to accommodate 80 employees; The Muellers owned the dealership for 5 years, selling it in 10/01/1953 to E.H. (Gene) Brus and his Seattle-based Brus Buick Company; the U.S.A. of Yesterday Motor Car Company acquired the property in 1994 and remains there at the present time. Silas E. Nelsen served as the architect; Bonnell Construction Company served as the Building Contractor.

Tel: 253-627-1052 (2009); this Streamline Moderne showroom featured a tall rectangular sign (to beckon distant motorists) and two projecting, round, front window to showcase its new cars. The protruding plate glass windows admitted views of two turntables that spun new cars 360 degrees for viewers inside and out. The Tacoma Public Library Image Archives has many images of the Mueller-Harkins Buick Dealership #3 (and Dealership #2) at:

This automobile dealership was threatened with demolition in 07/2007.

PCAD id: 14259