The corner of Brown and Free Streets in the City of Portland, Maine is the location of today’s late-1930s Gas Station Series photo. The entire lot appears to be a part of the operation centered by the near new Cities Service filling station and service garage building located on the corner. A tire shop and car wash building are visible on the far left, and a parking lot on the far right. The large masonry structure in the background is an Eastman Bros. & Bancroft department store.
The most interesting architectural elements in this scene are the glazed Art Moderne display towers on the front of the station building which were in vogue during this period. This was a standard Cities Service (Citco) building design at the time and is similar to this Company filling station located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The service station buildings have not survived and today a parking lot is located on the site.
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