Gas Station Architecture Dies Here…Spanish Colonial Service Station in Louisville, Kentucky
Yes, this is probably one of the most fantastic gas stations we have ever seen–or at least in the top five! Located across from the “Welcome to Old Louisville – Historic District – Hill Street Greens” sign is this wonderful Spanish Colonial Service Station.
Perhaps you are wondering why the hell our generation got gypped on things beautiful in most new buildings. Or perhaps you find this to be an eye sore. There is no accounting for taste. However, we are going to try. When photographing this beauty, we were asked by some locals as to the former function of the place. After assuring them that it was a service station, they seemed pleasantly edified and verbally wondered why the gas stations of today are so ugly. One thing about stucco is that its relatively inexpensive. Perhaps our station buildings of today’s age should consider a little neo-Spanish Colonial or maybe they should just be put to sleep.
The early gas stations would have performed other services as well; however, this one may or may not have offered additional services as there is no real garage space; however, minor repairs and “full service” would have provided by an attendant. We thoroughly enjoy this little flamer.
Five flames for a nearly extinct stylization in this particular building type.