It was the first filling station on the island, and the first designed by Mies, who had worked in collaboration with local architect Paul H. Lapointe on the project. The station was commissioned by Imperial Oil.
The borough of Verdun is transforming the building into a community arts centre.Eric Gauthier is the lead architect on the project, which will see the two glass pavilions rebuilt to their original 3,000- and 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) sizes.
The building is slated to be reopened in the fall of 2012 as La Station, a community centre for teens and people over 50 years of age. The two main buildings have been dubbed the salle blanche (English: white room) and salle noire (English: black room), named after their floor colours. The original glass-enclosed attendant's booth will serve as a life-sized display case of Mies’ and the building’s history, with the former fuel dispensers to be marked by ventilation shafts. The centre will use geothermal energy.