Gas stations might be boring or even ugly places, but for the most part, you can’t avoid stopping by one on a long trip. However, they have been so many more beyond the basic design of columns, roof and shop over their history.

The following 60+1 filling stations encompass almost a century of architectural progression, showcasing some of the best Art Deco, Bauhaus, futurist, brutalist, minimalist, modernist, Googie building designs of the motorist history. Enjoy the ride!

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Lawrence’ filling station in Clapham, south London, 1921.

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A rural petrol station with a cosy waiting room in Colnbrook, England, 1927.

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Ragsdale and Hansen’s Station No. 1., with a touch of Art Deco. Los Angeles, California, ca.1920-1929.

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Gilmore Oil Company’s Blu-Green gas station. Los Angeles, California, ca.1920-1929.

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A motorist refueling his Renault car at a bucolic Shell filling station at Blashford, Hampshire, England, 1930.

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Art Deco service station and showroom. Norment Motor Co., Inc., Lumberton, N. C. ca. 1930–1945.

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Geo. W. Wilcox, Inc., 100 Federal St., Greenfield, Massachusetts, ca. 1930–1945.

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Roarin’ Rohrer’s Streamline Moderne gas station, McAlester, Oklahoma, ca. 1930–1945.

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An Art Deco Liberty Gasoline service station, Southern California, 1931.

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A new hacienda style Union Oil gas station, Southern California, 1932.

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Gasoline Mosque: an Union Oil Service station with strong Islamic influence. North Alexandria Avenue & Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1932.

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Moorish touch: Beacon Oil Company Gas Station, 107 Winn Street, Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

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Lighthouse mixed with Mexican style. Union Oil station, Southern California, 1933

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Shell gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, built in the late 1930s by the Quality Oil Company.

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A beautifully restored Art Deco Conoco gasoline station in Shamrock, Texas. (Built in 1936.)

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The Skovshoved Tankstation is a functionalist style gas station in Skovshoved, Denmark, designed by Arne Jacobsen, opened in 1936.

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‘Auto Palace’ service station for Texaco, in Nijmegen, Netherlands, 1936. Architects: B.J. Meerman and Johan van der Pijll.

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The legendary Fiat Tagliero, a Futurist-style service station in Asmara, Eritrea. Designed by the Italian architect Giuseppe Pettazzi, completed in 1938.

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A little Bauhaus gem: Shell self-service gas station near Purkersdorf, Austria, c1940.

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An Art Deco Gilmore gas station, Los Angeles, California, c1940.

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Art Deco Union Oil station, c1940.

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Streamline Moderne: Richfield gas station in Redding, California, 1942.

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Firestone filling station, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1942.

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A motorist refuelling his Standard Vanguard at a rural Shell petrol station in Eastbourne, East Sussex, 1949.

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The Italian art of steel and reinforced concrete: Aquila service station, Sesto San Giovanni (MI), Italy, 1949. Architect: Aldo Favini.

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Another Streamline Moderne beauty: a Guul filling station, United States, c1950

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A YPF (Yacimientos PetrolĂ­feros Fiscales) gas station in Chacarita, Buenos Aires, 1951.

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A beautiful futuristic petrol station, Piazzale Accursio, Milan, Italy. Designed by architect Mario Bacciocchi, 1954.

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Designed by German architect professor, Walter Haemer, this Dea service station has a roof that is suspended on steel ropes hanging from concrete arch. Hannover, Germany, 1956.

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Agip service station, Moncalieri, Italy, 1958

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Agip service station, San Donato Milanese, Italy, 1958

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Agip service station, Cerignola, Italy, 1958

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Purfina service station, Arnhem, Netherlands, 1958

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Agip service station on state highway 16, Barletta, Italy, 1959

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Nice hyperboloid structure: a 90-ton reinforced concrete roof at a National service station in Retford, England, 1961.

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Carousel or gas station? Turnbull’s self-service petrol station in Plymouth, Devon, 1963.

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A forward leaning steel structure. Alamo gas station, Serape Belt, East Los Angeles, 1964.

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Pegasus gas station. Designed by Elliot Noyes for Mobil, 1964.

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The Sinclair Super Service Station was built exclusively for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

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A Googie architecture masterpiece: the Jack Colker Union 76 gas station in Beverly Hills, designed by William Pereira (Gin Wong Associates), 1965.

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Another Googie gem: Orbit gas station, Sacramento, 1960s. Space age design at its best!

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Brutalist beauty: Milan Mihelič Gas station Petrol, Ljubljana, 1968.

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The modernist flying saucer of Council Plaza, St. Louis, 1968. Architects: Schwarz & Van Hoefen. It was originally a Phillips 66 gas station.

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Fueling station with reinforced concrete roof, Baghdad, Iraq (built c1970).

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Wing shaped concrete roof on a gas station in Baghdad, Iraq (built c1970).

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A modern and colorful AGIP station, somewhere in Italy, 1972.

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EP Southbank Service Station, London, 1973.

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The ugliest yet most popular gas station design, you can see everywhere beside the roads nowadays.

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Repsol Service Stations, Spain, designed by architect Norman Foster, 1997.

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A futuristic PetroChina gas station in Wuhai, China, 2004.

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The neo-futurist Helios House, Los Angeles, designed by Office dA in Boston and Johnston Marklee Architects in Los Angeles, built in 2007.

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21st century modern: A1 Gas Station, Madrid, Spain. Designed by Moneo-Brock, 2007.

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Eco station with photovoltaic roof: Acciona service station, Legarda, Spain. Designed by ah asociados, 2007.

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Norwegian wood: Statoil gas station, HommelstĂž, Velfjord, Norway, 2008.

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Litro Premium Gas Station by Eight Inc. for Rompetrol, Bucharest, Romania, 2009.

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United Oil Gasoline Station, Los Angeles, California. Designed by Kanner Architects, 2009.

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Gazoline Petrol Station, Cuneo, Italy, by architects Duilio Damilano and Alberto Pascale, 2011.

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Gas Station designed by Adam Jirkal & Jerry Koza (Atelier SAD), Slovakia, MatĂșĆĄkovo, 2011.

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Fuel Station + McDonald’s, Batumi, Georgia, by Giorgi Khmaladze Architects, 2012-13.

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Esposende Gas Station by Caldeira Figueiredo Arquitectos, Esposende, Portugal, 2013.

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And the future is here: Tesla-Supercharger-station, Aosta, Italy.

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