Frank Lloyd Wright gas station

The prairie-style homes, churches, hotels and public buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are well-known.
But the famed architect also designed a service station in this town about 20 miles west of Duluth.
And now the family that owns it is restoring and preserving it after about 30 years of neglect.
It’s the only service station ever designed by Wright, the renowned early-20th century architect and longtime Oak Park resident.

The station was built in 1958 but had fallen into disrepair. Since last year, the owners have spent nearly $250,000 to restore some of Wright’s original design touches, including copper trim around the roof and ’50s-style garbage cans. They also put in a new roof and insulation.

Owner Mike McKinney says the station still usually gets a few visitors every day interested in Wright’s design.


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