This is everybody's favorite photo subject in the Ellwood neighborhood of Goleta. Mine too!
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Britta Gustafson says: The historical marker. The Ellwood Oil Field was a big deal and financed a lot of fancy construction in Santa Barbara.
Britta Gustafson says: From the photo description: "On the main drag (which in fact used to be the freeway) I happened to notice this stunning little gas station" "It was built in 1929 by the Barnsdall and Rio Grande Oil Companies (the names are still clearly visible on the side)..." "Their venture was very successful and made a great deal of money. Some of that money was sunk into this extravagant gas station." In the comments: "Incidentally I did go inside, but there wasn't much to see. The interior, excluding the bathrooms in the back, which I did not get into, is very small. I'd guess the room inside is about 15x15 feet. In the back of the room was a ladder which I climbed, leading to a small water tank on the 2nd floor. "
Britta Gustafson says: A view from the road. From the photo description: "one of the most architecturally significant service station in California and perhaps the United States. Constructed in the popular Spanish colonial revival style of its time..." "The third floor of the tower held a 2,000 gallon water storage tank which provided pressurized water to the station." "The station was situated at the entrance to the oil field owned by the Barnsdall-Rio Grande Oil Company and was intended to be a corporate showpiece...the station received a beautification award from the Garden Club of Santa Barbara and the Montecito Roadside Committee."
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