The Streamline Era Greyhound Terminals

The Architecture of W.S. Arrasmith


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About the Book

In post–Depression America, Greyhound put adventure within the reach of all. Convinced that their terminals should project the glamour and excitement of travel, the company turned to an architect who could translate the sleek, streamlined Greyhound design into buildings that would both serve and delight the public.
This volume explores the life of William Strudwick Arrasmith, a defining artist of the short-lived era of streamline design, and especially his work for Greyhound—at least fifty terminals and other facilities. The final third of the book is a detailed examination of 28 of these terminals. A full chronology of Arrasmith’s firms and commissions is also included.

About the Author(s)

Retired attorney Frank E. Wrenick is an award-winning transportation author and lecturer who has participated in the restoration of World War II aircraft and a 1918 steam locomotive. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Elaine V. Wrenick is a retired systems analyst and program designer. Her grandfather, Asa Orra Walworth, manufactured the Walworth automobile in Chicago during 1904–1905.

Bibliographic Details

Frank E. Wrenick with the editorial assistance of Elaine V. Wrenick
Foreword by Richard Longstreth
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 79 photos, chronology, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [2007]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6445-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Richard Longstreth      1

Preface      5

Introduction      7

PART I: W. S. ARRASMITH, 1898–1965

1. The Early Years      11

2. Wischmeyer & Arrasmith Forms in Louisville      20

3. Wischmeyer & Arrasmith During the Depression      29

4. Fred Elswick Joins the Firm      41

5. Greyhound Enters the Picture      49

6. Arrasmith’s Service in World War II      59

7. Greyhound’s Architect in the East: The Move to Cleveland      64

8. The Cleveland and Akron Terminals      75

9. Arrasmith Returns to Louisville      81

10. The Greyhound Work Ends      89


11. A Short History of the Greyhound Bus Company      99

12. The Evolution and Design of Bus Terminals      101

History      101

Design      104

13. Streamline Styling, 1937 to 1948      109

The Greyhound Super Coach      112

The Silversides Greyhound Bus      115

14. Greyhound’s Transition to an Avant-Garde Style      117

15. The Grand Opening      120

A Chronological Survey

1937 Louisville, Kentucky      125

1937 Bowling Green, Kentucky      128

1938 Jackson, Mississippi      129

1938 Fort Wayne, Indiana      130

1938 Binghamton, New York      131

1939 Evansville, Indiana      133

1940 Washington, D.C.      136

1940 Erie, Pennsylvania      140

1940 Columbus, Ohio      141

1940 Dayton, Ohio      143

1940 Atlanta, Georgia      144

1941 Syracuse, New York      146

1941 Buffalo, New York      147

1941 Cincinnati, Ohio      148

1942 Norfolk, Virginia      149

1942 Baltimore, Maryland      149

1942 Chicago, Illinois (Proposed)      151

1946 Hagerstown, Maryland (Proposed)      153

1948 Cleveland, Ohio      153

1949 Akron, Ohio      158

1949 Battle Creek, Michigan      160

1949 Grand Rapids, Michigan      161

1949 Lima, Ohio      162

1950 Lansing, Michigan      163

1950 Boston, Massachusetts      164

1951 Birmingham, Alabama      166

1954 St. Paul, Minnesota      167

1959 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania      167

Chronology of W.S. Arrasmith Architectural Firms and Commissions      171

Chapter Notes      177

Sources      183

Photograph and Image Credits      189

Index      193

Book Reviews & Awards

“the magnitude of…research… is impressive…a definitive academic reference work…belongs in every architectural…and…transportation history library”—Society for Commercial Archeology Journal; “valuable…finely detailed social history…intimate…charming…personalized”—The Journal of American Culture; “extensive chronology, notes, sources and index are impressively detailed. A fitting tribute to a little-known man behind an instantly recognizable icon of American transportation”—Hemmings Motor News.