Thursday, March 6, 2014

Gas Stations

I like that Fort Worth, Texas has a strong sense of history and am amazed at the old buildings that have been not only saved, but lovingly restored.
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The above old Sinclair Gas Station on South MaCart street has won a Historical Restoration Award (in 2011). The owner bought the station a few years ago to house his landscape business. Using a power washer to clean the place up, he discovered the word Sinclair  under several years of old paint. It had been a childhood dream of his to own a Sinclair station one day, so you can image his excitement! After moving his business elsewhere, he decided to keep the station and restore it. While not a functioning station, where you can buy gas, everyone seems to enjoy looking at it!
The idea seems to be spreading. Yet another Sinclair station , this one on the west side of town, has been restored....and like the other... just fenced off like a display at a museum. I tried to find out if they were restored by the same person...but can't seem to find out any info on this place.


6 comments:

  1. how neat! and an expensive hobby, i'm sure. :)

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  2. Hello:

    It really is rather reassuring that there are people who are prepared to take an interest and invest in buildings as 'mundane' as a petrol station for they will become, if not already so, part of our heritage.

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  3. That is so nice they keep the old buildings and restore them. So much better then demolish them.

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  4. Preserving our history is really important for subsequent generations. Appreciate people with foresight who understand and honor this.

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