Former Gas Station Slated for Adaptive Reuse

Photo provided by Kelly Lavengood

Realtor® Kelly Lavengood has acquired the site at 451 E. 38th St. and plans to turn the former gas station into her office. She’s currently seeking the necessary approvals from both the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development. In the 1920s, Pure Oil Company sought to create attractive and inviting service stations for residential areas. Architect C. A. Peterson was assigned the task and came up with the English Cottage–style gas station with a steep roof, shutters, and other architectural details that created a homelike appearance. The first two such stations, built in Indianapolis in 1927, were so successful that the design was used throughout the company’s service territory until the late 1950s. While Lavengood thinks the Midtown structure was built in the 1930s, it appears to have unique characteristics. “It’s the only one I’ve seen with a limestone façade,” she said. She plans to restore the distinctive Pure Oil blue tile roof and maintain the exterior charm while updating the interior for contemporary office needs.

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