Gillespie Ford was open in San Antonio, at least up into the 1990's. It is now closed; the date of closure, not known. I can't remember if this dealership is the one that was directly behind the Alamo, but at one time a Ford dealer's sign could be seen painted on the side of a building behind The Alamo, as you faced it from the front.
That building is still there. All the windows are boarded up.
Dirty shame Dave, that building should have been restored !!! Then put some early brass "T"s, a couple in the 20's, maybe an "A" and a early V8. Is the building on the roof of the dealership part of the structure or is it behind the dealership ??? Would have made a beautiful museum.
Wonder if the service dept was on the second floor.
looking at the original second floor windows they look factory/industrial. Also wonder what junk "Goodies" they might have left behind.
Here is an inside photo of the above building about 1924 looking out on E. Houston St.
Gillespie was the second Ford dealer "behind" the Alamo after this first Ford dealer at 315 (or so) Bowie Street, circa 1918 photo. Bowie Street runs only about three blocks behind the Alamo.
My grandfather had a gunsmith/locksmith business where they lived at 112 Bowie Street when these photographs were taken. To the right background of the last photo but just a parking lot today.
Maybe why they owned a Moon, so many Fords around.
John, I think they are restoring it. Scaffolding on the other side usually means restoration as opposed to demolition. It also appears that the high part is a separate building behind it.
I can still remember Gillespie Ford’s radio jingle from the 60’s: “ You can afford a Ford if you buy from Gillespie. If you buy from Gillespie, you can afford a Ford”