Teapot Dome Service Station

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Teapot Dome Service Station
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The Teapot Dome Service Station in Washington state is an example of novelty architecture and of a roadside attraction.
Teapot Dome Service Station is located in Washington (state)
Teapot Dome Service Station
Location Old State HW 12
Zillah, Yakima County, Washington
Coordinates 46°24′13″N 120°15′39″W / 46.40361°N 120.26083°W / 46.40361; -120.26083Coordinates: 46°24′13″N 120°15′39″W / 46.40361°N 120.26083°W / 46.40361; -120.26083
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1922
Architect Jack Ainsworth
Architectural style Follies
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85001943 [1]
Added to NRHP August 29, 1985

The Teapot Dome Service Station is a former service station built in the shape of a teapot. It was intended as a reminder of the Teapot Dome Scandal that rocked the presidency of Warren G. Harding and sent Interior Secretary Albert Fall to prison for his role in leasing government oil reserves in, among other places, Teapot Dome, Wyoming. Located at 117 First Avenue, Zillah, Washington, it is an example of novelty architecture and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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The Teapot Dome Service Station was built in 1922 on what later became U.S. Route 12. The building has a circular frame with a conical roof, sheet metal "handle", and a concrete "spout". Many such novelties were constructed as roadside attractions as the national highway system in the United States expanded during the 1920s and 1930s. The unique service station continued operation as a full-service gas station for some years.[2] When Interstate 82 was constructed near Zillah the station was relocated less than a mile down the Yakima Valley Highway. No longer in operation, it was purchased by the city in 2007, rehabilitated, and relocated in 2012 to 117 First Avenue.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Determining the Facts Reading 1: Representational Architecture, Roadside Attractions, National Park Service.

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