I’ve long been fascinated by the architecture on Las Olas Boulevard. From the 1980s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale to the early 1900s Stranahan House, we have an amazingly rich architectural heritage right on our own boulevard. I’ve always been fascinated by mid-century modern architecture and furniture – indeed I live in a 1949 home with the requisite Eames chair in pride of place 🙂
So you can understand why I’ve often wondered about what used to be Citgo, Fina, now Marathon, known to locals as ‘Wally’s’. My favourite photographer took photographs of it yesterday which prompted some (half-hearted, admittedly) research and it seems that the style of the gas station, particularly that famous ‘pylon’ was originally developed for Philips Petroleum in the 1950s and was to be seen at Philips 66 gas stations in many areas of the United States. In the 60s, the style was changed to what is known as the ‘butterfly canopy’ look.
Now the reason I say that my research was half-hearted is primarily because I saw somewhere else that Wally’s was designed by William Crawford in 1954. That’s all it takes – a little confusion – to make my research go haywire. Do YOU know? I’m going to post this on our Facebook page so if you have any ideas, come on by and let me know.
In the meantime, here’s the super-duper slideshow.
And if you’d like to know how to find it, here’s a map.