1940s Gulf Service Station

1940s Gulf Service Station

W_LeMay
A model of a 1940s-era Gulf Service Station based very closely off the former Cope's Gulf Station in Downtown Sylva, NC that operated at the split of Main Street and Mill Street between the 1940s and 1970s. Today, the building this model is based off of is almost completely unrecognizable after a mansard roof and plain, boxy stucco exterior were placed over the smooth porcelain panels and large expanses of glass that once graced the building, though a few small reminders of its previous beauty still poke through. Buildings like it can be found in many communities across the United States and Canada, and were commonly built between the 1930s and 1950s, an era marked by a massive increase in automobile ownership among citizens of the two countries and massive amounts of highway construction that ensued in response. The building this was based off of is attached by the rear wall to another building that sits between Main Street and Mill Street and is perpendicular in alignment to the Gas Station. This model includes a similarly sized building that stands in for it, however, the secondary can easily be removed, revealing a rounded rear elevation that has windows and is mostly clad in white brick. Thanks to Double E, Joe G., Foxx, Pigl, fierycelt, Vellu and TinkerToy for various finishing items, textures and components I used to bring this model to a higher level of quality and detail than would have been present in it otherwise. Feel free to use this model as you see fit, on the condition that you contact me first so I know where it is being used (I'd love to see it wherever it ends up), and give me a mention or credit wherever it is used or published. #GasStation #Gulf #StreamlineModerne #HistoricArchitecture
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