This former gas station’s exterior, featuring its sleek Streamline Moderne design and creative use of glass and vertical light tower, highlight Amoco’s branded architectural style. The station’s ownership varied over three decades, after which it sat vacant for another 30 years. The site was viewed as a teardown, but despite skepticism from banks, realtors and appraisers, the new owner saw an opportunity for smart reuse. The roof was stabilized and environmental hazards were cleared, while defining characteristics underwent minimal to no change. Missing features were restored with historically accurate replacements. The building now serves as a live/work office space and apartment. With support from the community, this rehabilitation project has been a catalyst for redevelopment in what was—for many—an abandoned, drive-by part of Brunswick’s Downtown Historic District.
Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value.