Claude Nolan Cadillac Building (Jacksonville, Florida)
ADDRESS: 937 Main St N Jacksonville, FL 32202
COORDINATES: 30.333954, -81.655517
This was one of Florida’s first automobile dealerships, built in the year 1910. The Claude Nolan Cadillac Building was designed to resemble a jewelry box to display Nolan’s luxurious American automobiles. The Prairie-style building featured an all glass and concrete showroom with Welsh tile floors.
Claude Nolan passed away in 1943 after a brief illness at age 57. His family continued to operate the Cadillac dealership on Main Street. Downtown Jacksonville was on a decline by the 1980s and sales were slow. Claude Nolan Cadillac moved their dealership to Southside Boulevard in 1985, where they remain in business today.