Restoring an old gas station

Posted by: GHH

Restoring an old gas station - Mon Sep 18 2017 12:50 PM

A friend of mine recently purchased this old gas station and wants to restore it. He has asked me to help so I thought I'd start by reaching out to the members of this forum and ask of any images you have of Sinclair stations from the 1920's-1930's. I have been told it was originally built as a Sinclair station and I believe this building was originally a white with dark green trim. Judging from the imprints in the concrete it had a round round visible in the center of the island under the porch roof. The sides of the island appear to have been modernized and I can see the square foot prints of newer pumps.
The sides still have insets for the round Sinclair signs, one still has its original light fixture.
I'd love to see other images for ideas on how to correctly restore this neat station.


Posted by: Coops 427

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Mon Sep 18 2017 05:55 PM

Cool station. Try going on Google images or Pinterest for 1920's/1930's Sinclair stations. Keep us posted with progress pics.
Posted by: eshaver

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Mon Sep 18 2017 07:48 PM

OK, Sinclair unlike Esso Gulf and Chevron weren't too picky as to color schemes or details . I can scan in photos of old Sinclair stations and then too, a few were included in the book, Check the Oil by Scott Anderson that I was a major contributor to. I have many shots of Sinclair's from over the years and not having a specific set of guidelines , I really don't know what to scan into an E-mail to you . You can always E-mail me a artformsdesign@Yahoo.com
Posted by: GHH

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Mon Sep 18 2017 09:51 PM

I have sent you an email regarding your pictures of the Sinclair station
Posted by: gulfiend!

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Tue Sep 19 2017 07:10 AM

...you might check some old city directories at the library, to make sure it was in fact Sinclair...be a shame to spend all of that time and money, only to learn that the station was something else when built...should be easy enough in a large city like Charlotte to find a library with city directories...
Posted by: tred

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Tue Sep 19 2017 06:41 PM

more!!! more!!!

i need my fix, please give us some updates...
Posted by: Jack Sim

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Tue Sep 19 2017 10:33 PM

Recently a friend of mine asked me is I had any pictures of stations that were made by a certain company. So, I started scanning any picture that showed a station, I now have over 2200 pictures of stations. They cover the first off the street station that was here in St. Louis in 1908 to stations from 1970. I don't have the time to look for your station but if someone would be able to post the year this station was erected I might be able to ID it.

Jack Sim
Posted by: GHH

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Wed Sep 20 2017 05:00 PM

I'll try to find the year out and post it
Posted by: Mahyday

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Fri Dec 08 2017 07:36 PM

Off the wall question. Can you provide the address of the station? Sometimes i've found old newspaper ads on Newspaper.com. You have to have a subscription to view it.
Posted by: Corey1955

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Fri Dec 08 2017 08:08 PM

Don’t forget the picture thread here on this forum 118 pages ought to have at least one. I think your friend has one upped by restoring an entire station instead of a pump.
Posted by: 57-Chevy

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Sat Dec 09 2017 10:52 AM

Just saw this post, this is actually in my home town of Albemarle, NC. I am very familiar with this station. Let me do some digging, I probably have a copy of an original photo of this station.

If I don't have it here, I can definitely find out this coming week and provide a photo of the original station. My wife works with our local Albemarle historians wife.

Michael
Posted by: Steven C.

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Sat Dec 09 2017 12:15 PM

Wow!! Great looking station!! Good luck with the resto!!!
Can't wait to see pics!!!
Posted by: Carolinatraveler

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Sat Dec 09 2017 02:34 PM

This is listed in Albemarle city directories as Bill's Sinclair Station as far back as 1947. Before that it was listed only as Bill's Service Station. The light fixtures were unique to Sinclair in the 1930s. This was a very non-standard type station for them, as most of their stations from the early 1930s forward were of their "castle" design, with terracotta tile elements at the roof line. Building would have been solid off-white with green trim. Since it is not a standardized design, there is no exact right or wrong way to restore this building. The photo below shows the standard design for Sinclair stations in the 1930s. You can see how it differs from the Albemarle location.
Posted by: Carolinatraveler

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Sat Dec 09 2017 02:35 PM

The above was a 1930s Sinclair that Walt Wimer photographed in 1959.
Posted by: 57-Chevy

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Sat Dec 09 2017 05:41 PM

Thanks Wayne, there is a perfect example of the castle design station on Main St. in Albemarle. It is restored and is now the home of Stanly Motors. It is listed in numerous Stanly County historical books I have as being a Sinclair station.

I've went through all my books and none of them have this station in it. I've been told in the past that this was originally a Gulf station? However the design doesn't seem to be Gulf either. I'll find out for sure early next week.
Posted by: 57-Chevy

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Sun Dec 10 2017 11:41 AM

Update: I talked with a fellow church member this morning that grew up in Albemarle, less than a mile from this station. He's 72 now and said his earliest remembrance of this station is that it was an Amoco. Then he said it was bought by the Burris family and was a Phillips 66 for years. The Burris family still operates a garage in town. He said in their waiting room there was pictures of this station on the wall when it was a Phillips 66.

He said, I'm sure it was something else even before it was Amoco since it's such an old station. I can hardly wait to dig into this a little deeper.

Michael
Posted by: Jack Sim

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Mon Dec 11 2017 10:06 PM

A question first. Is Wayne's picture the same station as the one you are restoring?

I believe your station was built by the Arthur B. Shepard Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. They designed and built many stations. The top picture is from 1923, the other one is 1936. The reason I believe they built it is the windows and the shape of the roof. The sides of the building many have been either added or special order when it was built.





Jack Sim
Posted by: 57-Chevy

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Tue Dec 12 2017 08:53 AM

Wayne’s picture is NOT the building in Albemarle. I just got another text this morning from a guy who checked with another old timer in Albemarle. He also said this was an Amoco station way back in the day.

I’m still digging and will post updates soon.

Update: The property was bought Dec. 7 1916 by a Dr. J.A. Allen, property was willed to his daughter Julia Cherry of Cumberland County. It was leased to the South Central Oil Co. (Phillips 66) in 1964.

There are two Stanly County historians from the museum digging into this right now. They were not able to find right off the bat when the station was actually built or what brand it was originally.
Posted by: 57-Chevy

Re: Restoring an old gas station - Tue Dec 12 2017 02:39 PM

Here we go, apparently it was a Sinclair station in the 1950’s at least. The local historian I talked to said they would love to find some pictures of when it first opened up and see what was in the round recesses in the gable ends. I’m still waiting on info. of the year it was built.

I’m just not convinced it was originally a Sinclair station. I may be wrong but the architecture of this building looks like 1920’s-30’s era to me. This is fun to research, but got to find out the exact date it was built and who sold gas there first.

In the ‘60’s photo, all you can see is the “Lee Tires” sign on top of canopy, notice the tire mounted up in the circle recess on gable end.