Today in Rip Payne

13 Jul

by Emma Earnst


Today in 1964, Rip Payne documented Bradley Peyton Motors, a locally owned Pontiac-Cadillac dealership.  Peyton Motors was located on West Main Street, on the lot where the Red Roof Inn now sits.  The dealership opened in 1947, and existed for nearly twenty years until in 1967 the hotel (at this time, a Howard Johnson,) replaced it.  Prior to being the car dealership, the land had been host to a number of businesses, including a gas station, dry cleaners, and miniature golf course.  For more fun facts about the development of the Corner blocks, check out this great spread by Coy Barefoot in the University of Virginia Magazine archives.


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3 Responses to “Today in Rip Payne”

  1. Preston Coiner August 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    The post showing Bradley Peyton Motors as being on the site of the current Red Roof Inn is incorrect. Peyton’s was located on the south east corner of West Main at 9th. SW. The site is now a vacant lot and is being used as a materials staging area. As a non contributing structure in the West Main Historic Corridor the building was demolished a few years ago. Most if not all of the Charlottesville Motors (Ford Dealership) that adjoined Peyton to the East and South still exists.

    Thanks for sharing the images

  2. Preston Coiner August 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Oops! I neglected to mention that Peyton was first in the 1300 block of West Main and Howard Johnson’s was eventually constructed on that sie

  3. mike September 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    As Mr. Coiner pointed out, the adjoining Ford dealership became Massey Fischer Ford on March 1, 1963 according to the Fredericksburg, VA Free-Lance Star of March 7, 1963 as found via Google.

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