A Las Olas architectural gem

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.

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    Set midway between Fort Lauderdale Beach and the fabulous Las Olas Boulevard, this quiet and secluded complex is right on the waterfront and enjoys charming Mid-Century Modern features. Fully moder...
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    Las Olas Boulevard - there's no other place quite like it. Las Olas offers you the very best in dining, antiques, shopping, fashion, the arts, history and much more.

    Las Olas Boulevard is located just seconds from the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach and enjoys the wonderful South Florida weather. When you visit us on the boulevard, why not come by boat? The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi will bring you right here.

    We have lots of special events which take place throughout the year and some of the nicest people you'll ever wish to meet are right here. If you're planning a destination wedding, there's no better place.

    The boulevard has a lot of history too. Stay at the Riverside Hotel - built in 1936, or visit the Stranahan House Museum and see where Fort Lauderdale itself began. Enjoy breakfast, at any time of day or night, in the historic Floridian diner. See the Elbo Room, the place featured in Where the Boys Are - the iconic Spring Break movie made in 1960.

    Las Olas Boulevard has something to suit all tastes, all ages and all budgets. Dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink in a relaxing bar. Experience fine dining in one of our many restaurants, or grab a pizza, sandwich, panini or salad. Enjoy cuisine from all over the world right here. And don't miss the treats we have for you - chocolates, ice creams, frozen yogurts, candies, pastries - all made right here on Las Olas. Eat at a sidewalk café, people-watch, visit our world-class museum of art, take the kids to the science museum for a day of fun, sit and watch the water traffic go by on the New River ... there's so much to do.

    Shop for the finest goods - and bargains too. Our stores sell everything from diamonds to dresses, from gowns to garlic bread!

    We have all your needs taken care of on Las Olas. We have a pharmacy, dry-cleaners, a deli, dressmakers, gifts, quality cigars ... in addition to pampering services if you're looking for a massage, a manicure or a magnificent haircut. We even have our own Sunday farmers' market.

    We haven't forgotten the business traveler. If you're in Fort Lauderdale for business, you'll find every service you need on the boulevard and what better place to work? Many of our restaurants have free wifi so you can check your email and write your blog as you sip an Italian coffee and enjoy a snack in a sidewalk café.

    We'll look forward to seeing you on Las Olas!