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Abandoned Art Deco Gas Station from the 1930s Restored as a Starbucks

(Photos: Starbucks)

This gas station in Hollywood, California was built in 1935. It was designed in a classic Art Deco style and was, consequently, featured in movies, including 48 Hours and L.A. Story. In 1992, the City of Los Angeles designated it a Historical Cultural Monument. But that status didn’t stop it from being closed down.

It was abandoned for two decades until now. Starbucks acquired the property and renovated it, converting it from a gas station to a drive-through coffee shop. Starbucks executive Jon Alpert says that the company tried to keep as much of the original material and design as possible. The result of their efforts is beautiful! You can see more photos at Thrillist.

-via Messy Nessy Chic


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It's funny. I'm not usually on that street lately but I happened to drive by the other day and was so amazed to see the new usage for the old gas station that I took a photo while stopped in traffic.
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