The former Greyhound terminal building in Greenwood is the simplest of the Art Moderne stations in Mississippi. Constructed in 1939, the building was designed by Memphis architect George Mahan. S. L. McGinnis was the contractor, and J. D. Lanham, both of Greenwood, contracted for plumbing. The building is a one story concrete block and stucco, and features bands of horizontal wood slats. I enhanced color to better illustrate the contrast, which is less evident in the faded gray color of the slats currently.
The building was used as a bus station until 2001. Erik Wickman, a Swedish immigrant from Minnesota started a transportation company and eventually developed interstate travel by bus, and through consolidations and stock purchases, helped to develop a network to provide interstate bus travel (Gatlin, MDAH, n.d.). The Greenwood Greyhound ticketing was originally run out of the Hotel Weiner.
Dixie Greyhound is preparing to erect a modern bus station in Greenwood at the corner of Church and Main for the greater convenience of patrons. Greenwood Commonwealth, Sept. 9, 1939, p. 1
The space had been previously occupied by the Shell service station, which was demolished to construct the new terminal. Contracts were awarded in October, construction began in November, and the “handsome and modern bus station” opened January 20, 1940 (Greenwood Commonwealth).