Save the Historic Pure Oil Building
  • Petitioned To the Mayor and the City Council of Geneva, Illinois

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To the Mayor and the City Council of Geneva, Illinois

Save the Historic Pure Oil Building

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      Save Pure Oil

A well known Geneva developer and owner of the historic Pure Oil Gas Station at the corner of State and 5th St. In Geneva (now the home of the Pure Gardener garden store) has asked the City of Geneva for permission to demolish this building and replace it with a bank drive through.

The Geneva Historic Preservation Committee voted overwhelmingly to deny him permission to destroy this iconic structure. However, this developer has chosen to appeal this decision to the Geneva City Council.

We represent an ad-hoc group of Geneva citizens who believe that losing this building will cause irreparable harm to the historic nature of our City. We would like to ask you to join us in our effort to inform the Geneva City Council that allowing the razing of this building would not be in the best interests of the City of Geneva and that, as with so many historic buildings in our City, a valuable, adaptive use can be found for our Pure Oil Station.

As the automobile became the primary mode of personal transportation a number of oil companies began to build gas stations and repair facilities in towns across the country. By the late 1920s they began developing their own, unique architectural styles as a way of “branding” their company and product. Pure Oil chose to copy the “English Cottage Style” in white brick with a blue roof and trim for its stations. They built hundreds of them across the nation.

Only a few remain today and by and large they are treasured pieces of history in the towns where they exist. We believe that there are only seven left in Illinois and ours in Geneva is in the most original condition.

Originally built in 1937 by Geneva's August Wilson who along with his brother worked closely with architect Frank Lloyd Wright on many projects. This building is an iconic “Roadside America” structure and an integral and vital part of the historic Lincoln Highway as well as a significant part of Historic Geneva. We believe that it must be saved and that a self sustaining, adaptive use can be found for it.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Melissa Rosner ST. CHARLES, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I had a business in Geneva for 9 years and am still currently employed in Geneva. I have always loved the uniqueness of the downtown. Are we doomed to become like other cities that tear down history only to put up cookie cutter strip malls and buildings that lack character and charm? Or like St. Charles where they tear down buildings and developers cant afford to rebuild the property and leave it sitting like an open wound collecting debris. I surely hope not. Geneva cant afford to turn away any more tourists with business after business shutting there doors.

    • Cecilia Thurman SAINT LOUIS, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      'cause I LOVE Geneva and I LOVE the Pure Oil Gas Building and the garden store that is there now ... it's a building that is PART OF Geneva and a historic part of Geneva ... DO NOT demolish the building ...

    • Catherine Pavela GENEVA, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      It is an important part of the history of Geneva. We need it along with all of the other older buildings. This is why I moved here almost eight years ago. Everytime I tell people where I live they always smile and tell me how quaint our town is and how they much they enjoy coming here to shop. It has a calming effect. In times like this who doesn't need this building which helps bring a warm calm feeling to us and those who visit Geneva.

    • cathy claxton ELGIN, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      keep the history and charm of this town.Pure Gardener has added beauty to this corner.

    • Joe Seely CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      When people want to tear down an important or attractive building, they're always absolutely certain of what's going up in it's place. Once demolition is compete, they're not so enthusiastic anymore. Then it's too late. You've got to save the good stuff.


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