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When I was scouting the city last year looking for buildings to include in my exhibition on modern architecture, I came across this tire shop on the corner of Howard and Hanna.

Originally built as a Beaver Oil Gas Station in 1967, it was designed by the local firm of Johnson – McWhinnie. They also designed four other Beaver Oil Stations in Windsor around the same time.

It’s got some very interesting use of concrete, as that was one of the materials that Johnson – McWhinnie were very innovative in using. I like the 5 “Y” shaped trusses that support the concrete roof.

As time progresses, many of these buildings that came out of the 50’s and 60’s will continue to rise in appreciation, as people continue to discover the innovative use of building materials used in different and unique ways.

When was the last time you saw a gas station built that had any architectural thought put into it at all?

Maybe when our kids are grown up, they can tell their kids about how we used to have to put something called gas into cars to make them work 🙂

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