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Sims McBride’s Garage

The McBride garage is a one-story, brick, one-part commercial building/garage. Built ca.1920, the garage follows a fairly conventional pattern for a one-part commercial block, and was probably one of the better constructed commercial buildings in Orem during that
period. This brick garage was a prominent fixture on Provo Bench’s State Street (State Highway 91) when the automobile was just beginning to make its debut in the area. State Street, at the time, had very few commercial buildings, especially of brick construction.
Most of them were small buildings, mainly fruit stands, of wood construction. The garage, apparently built by Sims McBride, is a good representation of the commercial changes occurring on the bench, particularly in transportation, which would bring greater prosperity
to the area. Orem employed strip zoning rather than a downtown central core arrangement and this building reflects that pattern of development.

It was known as Big John’s Country Store when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 and is now “The Scooter Lounge.”

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