R.W. Lindholm Service Station: AKA Frank Lloyd Wrights Gas Station

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Route 45 and Route 33 , Cloquet, MN, USA

R.W. Lindholm Service Station: AKA Frank Lloyd Wrights Gas Station Cloquet Reviews

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The only gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jun 17, 2008
The only gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was built in 1956 and the idea was essentially totally de-centralized American urban landscape; though this didn't happen any where else.

"Watch the little gas station.... In our present gasoline service station you may see a crude beginning to such important advance decentralization; also see the beginning of the future humane establishment we are now calling the free city. Wherever service stations are located naturally these so often ugly and seemingly insignificant features will survive and expand. [The new city]... is all around us in the haphazard making, the apparent forces to the contrary notwithstanding. All about us and no plan. The old order is breaking up"

- Frank Lloyd Wright, 1930

Too bad his vision didn't happen for the rest of the country and stay here in this little building that could. The structure does stand out and is very eye catching. But the paint is peeling and the upkeep is very dismal. Up where the restrooms are there's a lounge with 2 chairs just scattered haphazardly... the floor is red, but with the dust on it you can't really tell the brightness of it. There is a lot of potential if there were to be a rennovation of some sort.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Gas Station
Frank Lloyd Wright's Gas Station
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alyssa_ob says:
Cool! I didn't know this was there! I'll have to check that out as well!
Posted on: Oct 09, 2008
wrightgeek says:
Julie-

You may be happy to know that this is the 50th anniversary of the FLW gas station in Cloquet, and as part of the celebration there is supposed to be a sinificant renovation of the facility taking place this summer. I was there about a year ago, and I agree with you, the current condition of the place is distressing.

BTW, there is also a FLW home in Cloquet, designed foe the original ownersof the gas station, the Lindholms. It is only about amile or so from the gas station, but it sits off the road in a wooded area and is not easily visible from the road. It happens to be for sale right now, and the asking price is approx. $950,000. Too rich for my blood, but then again I live in Ohio.
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
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