Sunday, November 11, 2012

Joy Oil Co Gas Station

There used to be several of these quirky gas stations around town but this one, which was located at Lakeshore & Windermere, was the last one left standing. Built in 1937, it was moved across the road in 2007 to a location by the Martin Goodman Trail and was totally restored and is meant to become an info centre but so far it remains empty & fenced in. All of the Joy stations had the look of little French chateaus with cute little towers and wonderful detailing.

13 comments:

Mo said...

baby chateaux

Paul in Powell River said...

You're right, as a gas station it's quirky, but as an info station I think it's just about right! Nice find.

Lowell said...

How cute. I think it's too bad that these kinds of things have been pushed out by bland boxes selling just about everything but gas!

Andy said...

I remember this station and other Joy stations when they sold gas. They are from a day when there used be competition in the sale of gasoline. I'm glad to see that the building has been preserved.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

At least it was saved, the history of the architecture must be fascinating, what was corporate thinking :-).

Randy said...

Interesting design for a gas station.

Lynette said...

I agree with Paul in Powell River!

Jack said...

I don't recognize this chain of gas stations, but like the others, I think it would be a fine information center.

llandudnopictures said...

It's a magical looking little place, looks like it belongs in a theme park!

hamilton said...

it is such a shame that this structure is behind a chain link fence after all the work that went into restoring it. I have often thought it would make a nice ice cream stand.

EG CameraGirl said...

I hope it really will be used!

NixBlog said...

Wow! Now that is some grand petrol station! Hoep they get to repurpose it soon.

William Kendall said...

I've passed by it before it was moved, so I remember it. It's an interesting building!