Illinois Icebox & Modern Gas Stations

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former station
Moline, IL
former Mobil station [gone]
Fairview Heights, IL
This former station in Moline had raised diamond plastic panels along the roof. I think this might have been a Sinclair station originally. The building housed Muddy River Mechanics when this photo was taken in 2006. It has since been remodeled and the plastic panels removed. As of 2015, the building houses a Mexican restaurant. [map]

This former station in Fairview Heights looks like it was probably a Mobil station at one time with an example of the old mushroom canopy. When this photo was taken in 2005, it was a closed Q Gas & Service station. The building was demolished by 2013.

former Sinclair station
Lincoln, IL
former station
Pekin, IL
This former Sinclair station appeared vacant when this photo was taken in 2009. This 1990 photo from Boonville, MO shows what this station would have looked like originally. This building was still vacant in 2012. [Boonville photo thanks Wayne Henderson] [map]

This former station in Pekin may have been a Cities Service station originally. The building now houses Court Street Park & Sell. [map]

former station
Pekin, IL
This former station is now occupied by Pekin Towing and Layne's Auto Sales. The blue and white color scheme might suggest that this was a Gulf station. However, it doesn't have the blue ribbing at the top and I believe it was probably something else. A worker there said that it was once owned by the Heinz Oil Co. [map]

former station
Machesney Park, IL
This former station was probably a Standard Oil station originally. The building housed Parson's Automotive when this photo was taken in 2011. By 2012, the building was housing a different repair shop. By 2017, the building had been painted blue and was housing a used car lot office. By 2021, the panels had been removed and the building was vacant. [map]

former Phillips 66 station
Zeigler, IL
This former Phillips 66 station housed Noto's Auto Sales when these photos were taken in 2010. The building appears to be vacant now. [map]

former Phillips 66 station
Nauvoo, IL
This former Phillips 66 station now houses Vick's Uptown Service, an auto repair business. This building has the same style office as the one above in Zeigler but with a shorter canopy. [map]

former Cities Service station
St. Charles, IL
This former Cities Service station was built in 1963. The building housed a Marathon station in 2008. When this photo was taken in 2009, it was Kevin's Auto Repair and the pumps had been removed. By 2012, the station had been repainted tan with red trim. The canopy design is similar to Union 76 but I don't know if those stations were built in Illinois. The canopy doesn't seem to have enough "lift" for it to have been a Phillips 66 station. Does anyone know what brand was here originally? For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

BP station
Chicago, IL
The BP station was built in 1971 as a Standard Oil station. It was later known as the Archway Amoco station. It features curved steel beams. The white roof was found to be too reflective for neighboring apartment dwellers and was later covered with tar and gravel. For more, see this website. [map]

Grandt's Shell station
Arlington Heights, IL
The 15-foot-long rocket on top of the Grandt's Shell station canopy was built by the owner in 1960. It was built from oil drums. The station is probably from the 1950s. The station closed in 2020 and the property was sold to the city. I assume that the rocket and station will be gone soon if they are even still there. [map]

More Illinois Icebox & Modern Gas Stations:
former Shell station (Berwyn)
former Cities Service station (Crest Hill) [map]
former Standard Oil station (Girard) [map]
former Cities Service station (Gridley) [gone] [map]
former Phillips 66 station (Pana) [map]
former Phillips 66 station (Peoria)
former Phillips 66 station (Quincy) [map]
former Phillips 66 station (Rantoul)
former Gulf station (Spring Valley)
former station (Williamsville)

Art Deco
Pure Oil

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