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Gas Station at Bridge and Island Streets
Gas Station at Bridge and Island Streets, Bellows Falls, Vermont.jpg
(2017)
Location Bridge and Island Streets
Bellows Falls, Vermont
Built 1935 (1935)
Architectural style Colonial Revival
MPS Bellows Falls Island MRA
NRHP reference No. 88002161
Added to NRHP January 22, 1990

The Gas Station at Bridge and Island Streets is a historic automotive service station in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Built about 1935, it is a modest yet well-preserved example of period roadside commercial architecture of the period. The Colonial Revival building continues to be used as a service facility; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Description and history

The gas station is located south of the center of the island formed by the Connecticut River and the Bellows Falls Canal, east of the Bellows Falls downtown area. It is set at the northeastern corner of the Island and Bridge Streets, the two main roads that traverse the island. It is a single-story frame structure, with a flat roof and clapboard siding. It has an office area to the left, highlighted by pilasters and a gabled top, and there are two vehicle bays to the right, each with a modern overhead door. The office area has a plate glass window to the left and a pedestrian entrance to the right, each topped by transom windows. The roof once sported a cupola, of which only the square base remains after it was blown off in a storm.

The gas station was built about 1935, around the time that the nearby Vilas Bridge, spanning the river, was built. Along with the bridge, it represents the trend of that period of increasing road and highway transportation, and is a well-preserved example of vernacular Colonial Revival architecture. Gas stations of this vintage are particularly rare in Vermont.

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