Standard Oil Red Crown Stations (page 1)

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There are about twenty four of these Standard Oil "Red Crown" castle-style stations left. I don't know how many of them were originally built. The design was developed by Standard Oil of Indiana. These stations were built in the 1920s and 1930s. The buildings have beige glazed brick and red tile roof details. The roofline peaks make them instantly recognizable. Most of these remaining stations are in the Midwest, however, at least one was built as far west as Colorado. If you know of any that are not shown here, regardless of condition and even if they no longer exist, I'd love to hear about them.

former Standard Oil station
Lafayette, IN
This former Standard Oil station was built in 1927. It originally had just one service bay. In 1936, a second bay was added. The station closed in 1979. In 1985, the Tippecanoe County Library bought the property with plans to turn it into a parking lot. The library used the station for storage for a while. In 1991, Don Stein, a local business man and car collector bought the station and had it restored.

It was supposed to take 18 months and $350,000 to restore the station. However, with the help of local volunteers, it was done in two months and cost less than $60,000. During the restoration, the original roof tiles were found in a warehouse in Ohio and were provided for free. The building housed the Red Crown Mini-Museum featuring Red Crown and Standard Oil gasoline memorabilia as well as antique cars from Stein's collection for many years. In 2018, the building appeared to be vacant. For more, see this website. [map]

former station
Princeton, IN
former Standard Oil station
Pontiac, MI
This former station in Princeton appears to be a former Standard Oil. [map]

This former Standard Oil station in Pontiac is now used as a law office. [map]

former station
La Porte, IN
This former station appears to be a stripped Standard Oil station. The building housed Angelique's Unique Home Furnishings when these photos were taken in 2012. By 2013, the building was housing the Back Street Boutique. By 2018, the building was housing a tattoo studio. [map]

former Standard Oil station
Galesburg, IL
This former Standard Oil station housed the Denim & Pearls Boutique when these photos were taken in 2012. The building now houses JT's CaramelKorn Station. [map]

former Standard Oil station
Port Huron, MI
The former Standard Oil station, aka Jim's Standard station, was built in 1922. Around 2003, this station was restored and used as a visitors' information center. In 2008, it housed Great Bakes Station, a bakery. The building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2011. By 2013, it housed a State Farm insurance office. The pole sign panel was replaced with a new one to advertise for the office. By 2021, the building was vacant and the Standard sign was back. [map]

former Standard Oil station
Coldwater, MI
This former Standard Oil station housed Quality Prosthetic & Orthotic when these photos were taken in 2011. Since 2014, the building housed the James W. Gordon accounting firm. In 2019, the building appeared to be vacant. [map]

former Standard Oil station
Dearborn, MI


This former Standard Oil station is most likely also from the 1920s. Just after these photos from 2005 were taken, the building was demolished and "recreated" to make more room for pumps and a convenience store. It had been an Amoco and is now a BP station. [map]

former Standard Oil station
Monroe, MI
This former Standard Oil station was built in 1933. It now houses Joe's Standard Service. The business offered repairs but no longer sold gas. by 2021, the building was vacant. Standard Oil letters on the building under the Joe's sign were revealed. [map]

former Standard Oil station
Grosse Pointe Park, MI
This former Standard Oil station was vacant for many years. Does anyone know more about this building? This building and the one in Burlington, IA on the next page are the only stations of this type that I know of with these central tower-like features. These photos are from 2009. In 2012, the building was adapted for use as the Red Crown Restaurant. For more, see this website. [map]

There was another [photo thanks Grosse Pointe Historical Society] Red Crown station in Grosse Pointe Park about two miles away. That station also had a central tower and an additional bay. It is gone now.

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