New Game: Old Garage Photo w/your XS

One of my favorite small towns is Jordan, NY, where the Erie Canal once passed through, though no longer.
In the center of town there is a Historic District, and the buildings are mostly well-preserved.
I visited last friday on the '75, parking in front of Tom's Automotive garage. It is at a five corners which once had a statue in the center of the intersection.
Down one street there are row houses and small shops.

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...and a former factory....

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...and Tom Foote's garage, which he has owned for many decades.

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Tom's place is not so well-preserved, but it does have historical significance, I eventually discovered.
No one was home at 3:00pm , but a local fellow suggested he went home early, and I was directed to the local library where there was historical information probably available.

It was just down the street.

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The librarian was very sweet and soft-spoken. She reminded me of a former girlfriend, so I fumbled my initial words, seeking info for my on-line Old Garage game.
But she was on it right away, and I took pictures over her shoulder as she pulled books from the shelves.

First , she revealed that her library had originally been a Old Garage !
See the garage on the left, and the current library on the right:

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And then the revelation of the origins of Tom's garage. It was a trolley (an electric commuter train) station in the early 1900's.
On the left the trolley station 1910:

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The trolleys looked like this:

I returned today, hoping to find Tom, but at 4 pm , he seemed to have gone home.:(
Ah, small town life, I figured. Close the shop when it feels right, and you can almost taste the cold beer on your tongue..:)



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Dude! The only thing more awesome than the quality of your pictures, is the restore of the '75! It's almost (almost) a shame "The Basketcase" (also a '75) is soooo roached, the only economical way to bring it back to life is a resto-chop (purists, please don't hate me, the build thread is coming [slowly], and you'll see how close to the brink of scrap it really was. Fer cryin' out loud, when I went to pick it up, there was a garter snake living under the tank! [no lie!])
Yay, Robinc got it rolling again, the game is afoot!
The days are gettin' shorter, Summer's almost over, time for some exploring.

...Where the heck is 6th?

I think I saw it just the other day. Layin' on the side of the road.

We'll add it as bonus points for finding it...
Dude and others, here are a few references for anyone interested in identifying the architectural styles and elements in the buildings you’re looking at. For many Architectural Historians, the go-to reference guide since the early 80s has been McAlester’s “A Field Guide to American Houses”. It has been recently updated in 2015. Although it is a guide to houses, these styles apply across the board to a number of structures. For example, the Tudor Revival gas stations of the early 20th century.

In Ohio, the documentation of historical structures for the State is done via the Ohio Historic Inventory (OHI). This is now done on-line, but in the past was documented via snail-mail. The go-to resource for filling these forms out was Gordon’s “How to Complete the Ohio Historic Inventory” This also goes through architectural elements and styles across a broad range of structures. New York has a separate set of guidelines, but Gordon’s manual covers the essentials (with plenty of pictures).

The National Park Service put out a Preservation Brief (46) regarding the preservation and use of historic Gas Stations. This brief also has a section on historic types. You can read this and download a PDF at:

Lastly, a small request that our brethren across the pond don’t laugh too heartily when we get excited about a building that is a mere 1 or 2 hundred years old.
... I also remembered another resource by the Texas DOT. This may be giving 2M the upper hand (also a PDF): Field Guide to Gas Stations in TX 2016.pdf

Oh, man, that's a fantastic Field Guide. Huge, comprehensive, very informative. I remember many of those design styles, a great blast to the past. Thanx, DoubleE.

I believe that many of the stations down here in the SouthWest shared design elements, and that some of the "Identification" clues in that document may help to identify some of Mailman's and Azman857's mystery pics.

Look at Mailman's post #25, the triangle awning.

Compare to these:
PhillipsStation01.jpg PhillipsStation02.jpg PhillipsStation03.jpg

Now, look at Azman857's post #129.

It seems to show design elements of early Magnolia stations.
Last year, I posted this abandoned station, in Harper, Texas.


Passed by it today, and the owners have been restoring it.
Turning it into some sort of eatery.

Cross checking with DoubleE's field guide, it does have the features of an old Gulf station.


But, it has service bay corner treatments of the old Magnolia stations.

They're planning a Grand Opening on Friday.
I'll see if I can get out there and figure this out.
(Over lunch)...
2M, it looks like you have a Gulf station from the 30s. The vertical and horizontal elements point to Art Deco influence. It is common to have regional stylistic elements, so the bracketed bays aren't a deal breaker (ever see a metric cruiser that mirrors a Harley?).

I like to think of these old stations as Diners for our Bikes.