Virginia Gas Stations: Pure Oil

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former station
Richmond, VA
This former station was known as the Triangle Filling Station, named after the triangular lot that it occupied. Although some believe that this building is from 1923 and was the prototype for Pure Oil's other cottage style stations, the facts disprove this. It has been well documented that the first Pure Oil cottage was built in Indianapolis in 1927. If the build date of this station is 1923, then it was built for another oil company since Pure Oil didn't market in Virginia until later. This station operated until 1953, possibly as a Pure Oil. In 1955, a small restaurant occupied the building. Around 1968, the addition was made to the front for a BBQ take-out restaurant. The building has been vacant since 2009. If anyone has vintage photos of this station, or concrete evidence of its branding, I'd love to hear from you.

former Pure Oil station
Danville, VA
This former Pure Oil station is now used by Quality Tire Service.

former Pure Oil station
Front Royal, VA
This former Pure Oil station now houses the Royal Autoworks Body Shop.

closed station
Mount Jackson, VA
This closed Mount Jackson station has been sitting vacant for many years. It seems to be safely located within the historic district and appears to be in great shape.

Patisserie Cafe
Lexington, VA
This Pure Oil station has been occupied by the Patisserie Cafe since 2007. Before that, it housed Smokin' Pete's Bar-B-Que Station and Joe's Firehouse Bar-B-Que. The building still has many original details including the blue tile roof and the "P"s on the chimney.

Fitzgerald Truck & Equipment
Buena Vista, VA
Fitzgerald Truck & Equipment is another former Pure Oil station. The chimneys are wider, bigger display window, and the roof features a weathervane tower. This design came after the skinnier chimney design. [top photos 2003; bottom photos 2007]

Quality Tire Service
Lynchburg, VA
Quality Tire Service occupies another Pure Oil station. [first photo thanks Robby Delius]

Texas Inn
Lynchburg, VA
The Texas Inn is now occupied by the Texas Inn restaurant. I believe they moved here in 1969. This building is another example of the Pure stations with the wide chimneys and weathervane. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Pilkington & Sons Books
Amherst, VA
Pilkington & Sons Books is another former Pure Oil station. Both ends of the original building have been extended and the roof is now a conservative brown. The main structure has been subdivided into two floors (note the upper floor windows). The building has housed many businesses over the years including: a car dealership, a hardware store, a restaurant, a bar, a real estate office and a computer store. For more info about the book store, see their website.

former Pure Oil
Cape Charles, VA
This former Cape Charles Pure Oil has been closed up for some time. It still features "P"s on both chimneys. For more, see this photo.

former Pure Oil
Cape Charles, VA
This second Cape Charles Pure Oil is located downtown. In the 1970s and 1980s, this station operated as a Union 76 station. The building is now home to Straight Line Auto Service.

former Pure Oil
Portsmouth, VA
This Portsmouth Pure Oil appears to be vacant as of February 2005. It is in good shape despite some obvious alterations.

former Pure Oil
Buchanan, VA
This Buchanan Pure Oil has been altered and expanded for use as a restaurant. It now houses Fantzarelli's Restaurant.

former Pure Oil
Galax, VA
This Galax Pure Oil has been occupied by the Frost Insurance Agency since 1989. It was remodeled with additions but it still retains some of the entrance details. You can see just make out the shape of the original gas station on the side of the building.

former Pure station and cottages? (closed)
Atkins, VA
This may have been a severely altered former Pure station. Hard to tell with only one chimney left and the roof missing. Most likely the cottages adjacent to it were part of a gas station/motel complex like Sanders Court or the Pure Village Court.

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