Colorado Art Deco Gas Stations

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former station
Manitou Springs, CO
This former station was built in 1932. It was operating as a Skelly station in 1980. There is still a diamond shaped pole sign on the lot which probably advertised for Skelly originally. The housed Artist's Edge when these photos were taken in 2012. It now houses Camino Real Imports. For more, see this website. [map]

former station
Longmont, CO
This former station was built in 1937 from precast concrete. It was designed by Denver architect Eugene Groves. The station was known as "Johnson's Corner." This station is supposedly where Jack Kerouac caught a nap in 1947 as described in his book "On the Road." In 2003, after nearly being razed for road development, the station was moved from downtown Longmont to the Prospect New Town development. There were plans to use the building as a restaurant. However, an estimated $600,000 is needed for restoration. $550,000 has already been spent to move and stabilize the structure. These photos are from 2012. In 2015, grant money was awarded to Colorado Preservation for this project and restoration was begun. However, by 2017, nothing appeared to have been done. In 2019, the building had been painted white. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former station
Lakewood, CO
This former station is sheathed in metal panels produced by Peerless Sheet Metal Works. The station was built in the late 1940s and was located in Denver. It is now located at the Lakewood Heritage Center. This station will be restored by the museum with Frontier pumps and signs. Frontier was a popular brand in the area during the time when this station was built. The original branding of this station is not known. For more, see this website.

former station?
Canon City, CO
Classic Liquors
La Salle, CO
The building in Canon City appears to be a former station. The panels look like they may have been produced by Peerless Sheet Metal Works like the station in Lakewood described above. The building was vacant when this photo was taken in 2012. [map]

Classic Liquors is housed in a refurbished Streamline Moderne gas station. The current owner bought the station in 1996 and replaced the dented, embossed metal panels on the building. The canopy was added at that time to mimic the original look of the station. Vintage pumps were added then as well. The companion building next door which was built at the same time housed the Dixie Roadway Cafe. That building is gone now. Both buildings were assembled from kits, most likely from Peerless Sheet Metal Works. The larger of the two liquor store signs was adapted from a gas station sign. [map]

More Colorado Art Deco Gas Stations:
former Peerless station (Granby) [gone?]
former Peerless station (Wheat Ridge)

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