Friday, September 16, 2016

R. W. Lindholm Service Station

Opened in 1958, the Lindholm service station in Cloquet, Minnesota was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The architect saw no reason that a simple gas station couldn't also be a thing of beauty.  The copper canopy extends thirty two feet over the gas pumps and there is a 180 degree glass-walled observation lounge  above the office.  The idea was that a gas station was also a gathering place.  The observation deck is accessible via an outside stairway.  The three service bays are outfitted with skylights to assist the mechanics while working.  The original idea was to eliminate standing gas pumps and run the fuel lines through the roof.  Fire code standards nixed this design element.

The Lindholm service station was placed on the National Historic Registry in 1984.  The detail work and the craftsmanship is so distinctive of Wright's work.  If you are in Cloquet, please stop by and see for yourself.  There's a seat in the lounge just waiting for you!

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