Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1704
Earlier this month we saw the Colonial Filling Station on Washington Street. Today we have the Colonial Filling Station at King Square at the point between Adams Street and Neponset Avenue. You may have to zoom in with your picture viewer.
The Beacon Oil Co. owned and operated the Colonial Filling Stations, and the construction of this station was completed in June of 1923. The photograph by Paul J. Weber appeared in The Architectural Forum, July, 1926. Anthony Sammarco has noted that the finial on the building and on top of the pole represent orbits.
The following is from the article accompanying the illustration: Among the many filling stations scattered throughout New England in which Colonial details have been used to make the buildings more consistent architecturally with their environment or more suggestive of the names of the companies owning them, we find this bizarre little building at Dorchester, Mass.
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