Service Station Reuse

When I first started wandering around Minneapolis the “Rayvic Building” instantly caught my eye. Old service stations are truly a dying breed. But as a specific building type I think they’re so cool, with their big garage doors (which have so much more character than modern garage doors, ugh), fantastic paint jobs, and auto-oriented designs. This one in particular was wonderfully reused by Clockwork Active Media Systems, who managed to make it into a creative workspace while retaining the service station look. Another former service station in Minneapolis was redesigned and for several years housed Liberty Custard. Earlier this year it changed hands and is now the Wise Acre Eatery, a farm-to-table restaurant. It still looks great and has maintained its gas station vibe. These are just a couple of the examples I know of…any sweet station reuses in your area?
(P.S. The National Park Service even has a preservation brief on historic gas station reuse! I’m geekin’ out!)

Kate Scott
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Kate is working to survey historic properties in Indiana and serves as our stalwart Communications Committee Chair. She works on advocacy and non-profit preservation projects whenever possible and moonlight as an architectural photographer.

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