Standard Oil Gasoline Station

The last of five filling stations which lined the Lincoln Highway (est. 1912) in downtown Plainfield, this white stucco building with its red metal tile roof has been a "bright spot" on this corner since 1928 when constructed by James E. Newkirk of Joliet, Illinois. Based on architectual plans from the Standard Oil Company (Indiana), the original structure (at the corner) utilized the company's familiar corporate colors. The "House with Canopy" form, sparkling clean appearence, prominent corner location; and well-lit landscaped, and fenced yard were all original marketing techniques employed to atract customers and to blend with nearby residential neighborhoods. After 1932, the station was operated as Overman's Certified Texaco Station, and the distinctive blue trim was painted green. From 1956-1962, the station operated as Allen Hall's Texaco and, later, as the Welco Gas Port until 1984 when listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1984, the Andreasen family purchased, enlarged and remodeled the abandoned gas station. In 2004, the renovated th building once again, refurbishing much of the orginal building's historic character.
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