gas station, classical var.

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We all know what gas stations look like here in America – banal.  Yet, the same ‘Mid-Century’ Modernism that is so popular right now also tidied up these rather pedestrian buildings as well.  Mies van der Rohe even tried his hand at one in Montreal as part of a larger development.  However, decades of neglect and changing cultural tastes have obscured the once minimal elegance of these structures.  I drove past an example in Santa Monica that had been covered up in all the various and cheap appliques of ‘Mediterranean’ style.  If Modernism could love this typology, could good Classicism?  Behold, the fruits of such thinking – Doric porticos and pyramidal skylights.

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