Monday, December 24, 2012

Gas Station

Preston, CT

I have driven by this derelict gas station for many years, and always thought it would make a good subject for a photograph.  During the years, I've watched the building deteriorate even more.  There once was a roof which covered the rusty gas pumps.  That fell down after a couple of heavy snow storms.  The big sign on the front of the building was added fairly recently which further detracts from the pictures I had originally envisioned here.   I'm not sure exactly what project is being performed here, but someone must be looking out for the place.  They're certainly not repairing the site, nor are they completely demolishing the site.  I'm not sure how much longer this building and pumps will last here, which makes it even more important to take the photos when you can and not think you'll come back at a later time.  Things will change, and the shot you had imagined will have been lost.


  1. This is an interesting photo. The service station has gone through many evolutions, and this one probably started in the 1920s or 30s, and was updated to at least the 1960s. Looks like the main function of that sign is to block the front windows. Keep documenting the changes here as they happen. Could make an interesting series.

  2. Yes, I think you're right. The rusty pumps do look quite a bit younger than the building. I'll keep an eye on this site. If I'm not mistaken, there even appears to be an "outhouse" behind the station. This might have been an early version of a "rest area" back in the day. Thanks for looking!