Yesterday the ever-vigilant Montreal City Weblog noted that a unique gas station on Nun’s Island, designed by Mies van der Rohe, is now boarded up. Mies van der Rohe is the architect behind the Seagram Building in NYC, among other monuments of modernist architecture. He was also a design consultant on Toronto’s TD Centre.
Built in 1968, the gas station in question was operated by Esso until last December. Today’s edition of Le Devoir reports that the Conseil du Patrimoine is beginning an official process to recognize the building, which could facilitate its preservation.
Great architecture should last for centuries but our dependence on gasoline should not. So I figure that if we want to preserve this architecturally notable gas station (and there can’t be many in North America, although apparently Frank Lloyd Wright designed one in Minnesota) it’s going to need a new vocation.
Perhaps it could be re-opened as a bike shop, with air pumps instead of gasoline? Anybody have another idea?