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DavidC
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Article: Gas station by apprentice John Hickman on NRHP

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Another article - which won't link - says this gas station was by John M. Hickman who, according to John Geiger's list, arrived at Taliesin on June 1st, 1947. The article also mentions Hickman as being one of the architects of the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center in Wichita.

Vickers service station added to the National Historic Register


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This is a very handsome building, better than either of FLW's.

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Looks like a ripoff of the one in Palm Springs, CA. (Update: apparently vice versa)
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Post by egads »

Tramway gas station in Palm Springs was built in 1965. The Vickers one in 1954.

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Roderick Grant wrote:This is a very handsome building, better than either of FLW's.
That was exactly my thought upon seeing the picture. It has the clarity which Wright’s lack. Of course, the colors could be improved.

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Neutra's is clumsy. Ruscha's is iconic.

The Standard station became the standard model of a gas station. Straightforward, simple, clean lines, it doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is. The odd double droop on Neutra's roofs is a distraction. If NORWALK was not part of Neutra's design, that's forgivable, but if it was to be that way, it is the 'clumsy' detail.

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Planes deployed in the three Cartesian orientations, gliding past each other or folded (a la Wright ?)---seems like orthodox vintage Constructivism to me.

https://thecharnelhouse.org/2013/09/16/ ... usel-18193

That doesn't address composition, which either convinces or doesn't. I kinda like it. The sign seems essential . . .

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Post by peterm »

Schindler (better than all others with the exception of Mies (imho)
https://arcspace.com/wp-content/uploads ... e-1933.jpg

Mies:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuns%27_I ... as_station

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As the photo caption of the Mies station notes, "Closed in April 2010."
As cars move away from fossil fuel, it will become more common for stations to close. For the most part, deleting gas stations won't be tragic, but with this one, if an alternative use cannot be found, its demise would be.

On that same Wikipedia source, a photo of Farnsworth shows the entrance enclosed with a screened porch, a sad choice which has happily been rectified. At the left end of the photo (I believe that would be the south end of the house?) there is an interruption to the march of floor-to-ceiling glass panels, with what looks like a couple of vents. Is that original? I looked for a view of that façade in the host of photos online, but could not find any other.

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