The old Humble Oil station south of downtown San Antonio, discussed here earlier this week, has won the national “The Place Matters” contest! The abandoned station, which I stumbled upon several years ago and found so impressive that I created a special sidebar page about it on my own site, was the winner among 12 finalists in the first-ever contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. According to Saturday’s Express-News article, the property’s current owner has no plans to tear-it down and, in fact, would like to see it restored. Given its historical designation with the City, it is eligible for local and federal tax credits for restoration work. Here’s hoping that someone will find a good use for it soon and restore it back to its former glory.
As Patrick noted in an earlier post, the Express-News did a story recently about the old Humble Oil gas station south of downtown. Several years ago, yours truly stumbled across it while photographing the adjacent section of I-10/35. At the time, I speculated that it might have been built in the early ’50s when the expressway ended at that location and went out of business in the early ’60s. However, the E-N article says city staffers believe it to be from the ’30s and was abandoned in 1977. Either way, it’s obviously a relic that time has forgotten. Here is the page I put up after I discovered the place, which includes a lot more pictures of it:
An old San Antonio gas station, faded and flaking in the sun, weeds licking its foundation, has risen to the top out of almost 2,000 historical sites entered in a national online photo contest.
After months of submissions to the “This Place Matters” contest, the National Trust for Historic Preservation picked 12 finalists and last week put them up for a public vote. Voting ends this Friday, so anything can happen, but by today the San Antonio photo of a Humble Oil station led with 14 percent.