Standard Oil Gasoline Station pumps - Plainfield, IL
Posted by: cldisme
N 41° 36.499 W 088° 12.327
16T E 399556 N 4606991
Quick Description: Refurbished gasoline pumps to highlight the historic Standard Oil Gasoline Station in downtown Plainfield, Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 11/20/2008 6:49:17 AM
Waymark Code: WM56V8
Two vintage gasoline pumps flank the former canopy of the Standard Oil Gasoline Station. They are used to indicated that this office building used to be a gas station for the Lincoln Highway.
The original company of these pumps are unknown since they have been refurbished to display a large C to indicate the current name of the building, "The Courtyards."
The previous companies that sold gasoline at this location included Standard Oil and Texaco.
The interpretive sign tells the rest of the history well:
<center)STANDARD OIL GASOLINE STATION
The last of five filling stations which lined the Lincoln Highway (est. 1912) in downtown Plainfield, this white stucco building with its red metal tile roof has been a "bright spot" on this corner since 1928 when constructed by James E. Newkirk of Joliet, Illinois.
Based on architectual plans from the Standard Oil Company (Indiana), the original structure (at the corner) utilized the company's familiar corporate colors. The "House with Canopy" form, sparkling clean appearence, prominent corner location; and well-lit landscaped, and fenced yard were all original marketing techniques employed to attract customers and to blend with nearby residential neighborhoods.
After 1932, the station was operated as Overman's Certified Texaco Station, and the distinctive blue trim was painted green. From 1956-1962, the station operated as Allen Hall's Texaco and, later, as the Welco Gas Port until 1984 when listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1984, the Andreasen family purchased, enlarged and remodeled the abandoned gas station. In 2004, the renovated th building once again, refurbishing much of the orginal building's historic character.
Gasoline Brand: unknown
Reproduction: Not Listed
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