The Gas Station Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

The town of Cloquet lies in northern Minnesota along the St. Louis River. It has a population of roughly 11,000 residents, and several of its most famous residents play for the NHL. The town also happens to be home to the R.W. Lindholm Service Station – a gas station designed by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright.

In the early 1930s, Wright began developing concepts for Broadacre City, a city spread out to the point where it would be ‘everywhere and nowhere,’ kind of like what we would eventually call ‘suburbia.’ The design for the Lindholm gas station came directly from this conceptual project, and it was built in 1956. The station remains open and fully operational today, and it’s currently getting restored to its original condition. The video above gives you the best outside view of the Wright creation, and this second one gives you a closer look at some of the finer details.

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  1. J.Stevens says . . . | July 14, 2011 / 10:30 am

    Hi Dan Colman, really enjoyed your post about Frank Lloyd Wright’s gas station.

    Here you’ll find some pictures of other well-designed gas stations in (mostly) The Netherlands: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/benzinestation/interesting/

    For example: a gas station designed by famous (see Wiki) Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok. This design is from 1953: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klaasfotocollectie/3043610809/

    And this is the oldest remaining gas station in The Netherlands (American Petroleum / later: Esso). It is part of a museum building, recently built ‘around’ it. Situated in Venlo, The Netherlands, Build in 1933: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klaasfotocollectie/3046358696/

    Hope you’ll enjoy these pics!

  2. omnivorousEgo says . . . | July 14, 2011 / 10:44 am

    Im almost certain Broadacre city and what we have come to know as ‘suburbia’ are two quite drastically different concepts.

  3. Thomas Morgan says . . . | February 15, 2012 / 6:01 am

    Did he do much other commercial design? Great video!

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