Tuomy Hills Service Station

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Tuomy Hills Service Station
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Tuomy Hills Service Station is located in Michigan
Tuomy Hills Service Station
Tuomy Hills Service Station is located in the US
Tuomy Hills Service Station
Location 2460 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Coordinates 42°15′34″N 83°42′44″W / 42.25944°N 83.71222°W / 42.25944; -83.71222Coordinates: 42°15′34″N 83°42′44″W / 42.25944°N 83.71222°W / 42.25944; -83.71222
Area less than one acre
Built 1928 (1928)
Architect Fry & Kasurin; Paul Kasurin
Architectural style Tudor Revival
NRHP Reference # 00000240[1]
Added to NRHP March 24, 2000

The Tuomy Hills Service Station is a commercial building located 2460 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]

History[edit]

Cornelius ("Bill") and Kathryn Tuomy were siblings from a family with deep roots in the Ann Arbor area. The pair were in the real estate business, and were responsible for the development of the Tuomy Hills area of Ann Arbor.[2] In 1928, when Stadium Boulevards was first constructed, the Tuomys decided that the area where Stadium crossed Washtenaw needed a gas station.[3] They hired Ann Arbor architects Lynn Fry and Paul Kasurin to design this service station.[4] The Standard Oil Company leased the station,[3] and exhibited a replica it at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago.[4]

When Bill Tuomy died in 1966, Standard Oil bought the station, and ran it until 1988 when it was boarded up.[3] In 1999, the station was refurbished for use as a University Bank ATM branch.[5] In 2005, Bearclaw Coffee Co. moved into the station, and remains there as of 2013.[6]

Description[edit]

The Tuomy Hills Service Station is a single story commercial building, constructed in a style variously described as reflecting an Irish gatehouse[4] or English gatekeeper's cottage.[3] The walls consists of eight inches of brick faced with eight inches of stone. The station sits on a heavy concrete pad, and is roofed with slate. The structure has two porte-cochères, each supported with hand-hewn oak pillars.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Diane LaBarbera (1991). "Finding aid for Tuomy Family Papers, 1840-1966". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Marjorie Reade; Susan Wineberg. "2460 Washtenaw Avenue". Ann Arbor District Library. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Grace Shackman (October 2000). "Gasoline Alley". Ann Arbor Observer. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Gas Stations: Canopies (page 1)". RoadsideArchitecture.com. Retrieved August 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Bearclaw Coffee Ann Arbor". Bearclaw Coffee. Retrieved August 4, 2-13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)