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    The Mies van der Rohe gas station on Nuns' Island, May 2007.

    Taken to illustrate this blog piece about gas stations in the city.

    February 2012: Reopened as a small community centre.

    1. hasemeister 106 months ago | reply

      wow! it doesn't even look like a gas station.

    2. judo_dad1953 105 months ago | reply

      I got some gas from this place! Cool!

    3. rxb 86 months ago | reply

      I stopped by to see it last week and it was boarded up!

    4. zadcat 86 months ago | reply

      oh no! Thanks for letting me know. They can't be allowed to ruin it.

    5. susymac 86 months ago | reply

      the name is VERY Dutch and the design of the station also looks VERY Dutch to me! looks very similar to a lot of Dutch benzine pumps!

    6. zadcat 86 months ago | reply

      Mies van der Rohe was one of the most famous architects of the 20th century, but according to that Wikipedia article he was German, not Dutch, despite the name. His style had a huge influence. In Montreal he designed Westmount Square and this gas station, and I think one other apartment building on Nuns' Island. The gas station is a pure little gem of modern architecture, not something you just throw away.

    7. Ottawa Bus Gallery 86 months ago | reply

      I went on an adventure to find this station last month...only to discover it had been closed down. I was heartbroken! I'm glad you were able to get some good shots of it while it was still open.

    8. zadcat 85 months ago | reply

      Good news – looks like the station will be saved and put to a good social purpose.

    9. R John Woolfrey 58 months ago | reply

      The station is finally being overhauled. I've written a story about it for OpenFileMTL:

    10. zadcat 58 months ago | reply

      Do you think they're preserving the spirit of the building?

    11. zadcat 48 months ago | reply

      Yes Mr. Woolfrey, I saw that, it's good news. (I write for OpenFile too.)

    12. darrellinyvr 47 months ago | reply

      I finally saw the article in regards to the former station becoming a social centre. It is so nice to see the look has been maintained as well as when it originally opened as a Esso during expo 67.

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