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KLIF Building (Magnolia Petroleum Company Service Station)

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1920, Lang and Witchell. 2130 Commerce St.

This unusual variation on the typical urban gas station with a corner drive-through takes advantage of the collision of Dallas’s street grids, creating a narrow wedge shape, a flatiron, with wide access arches along two street fronts. Low segmental arches on the ground floor with paneled lintels, by the Atlanta Terra Cotta Company, convey a Tudor character, while the shawl-like features in the buff brick second-floor offices under the cornice may be Prairie Style inspired. A Magnolia building (AO15) in Amarillo has identical second-floor details, including the cornice (the first floor has been changed). Although the buildings are credited to different architects, the style may have been a company standard.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "KLIF Building (Magnolia Petroleum Company Service Station)", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 151-151.

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