105 W. CORBIN ST. - SINCLAIR STATION

105 W. CORBIN ST. - SINCLAIR STATION

105
,
Hillsborough
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1925-1939
/ Modified in
2003
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Local Historic District: 
Type: 

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  • Fri, 08/19/2016 - 8:07am by gary

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105
,
Hillsborough
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1925-1939
/ Modified in
2003
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Local Historic District: 
Type: 

 

08.08.2016 (G. Kueber)

(Below in italics is from the National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)

The one-story, Mission Revival-style gas station sits diagonally on the lot facing the corner of N. Churton and W. Corbin streets (and formerly had a North Churton Street address). It is of stuccoed masonry construction with a flat roof. A garage bay on the left (southeast) end of the façade and storefront on the right (northwest) end of the façade have replacement, metal-framed storefronts and a parapet-roofed porte-cochere on the right end of the façade has recessed sign panels and replacement Spanish-style terra cotta tiles on the parapet. The building has been extensively renovated and, in addition to the modern storefronts, has a massive two-story, brick rear addition with a stuccoed foundation that overwhelms the original structure and renders it non-contributing. The rear wing has a parapet roof with scalloped metal that mimics the terra cotta tile on the original structure. It has a brick watertable, pilasters at the corners of the building that extend above the roofline, fixed windows, and an exterior metal stair at the rear. The gas station was constructed in the late 1930s and the addition was constructed in 2003.

I'm again not sure about the decision to deem this building non-contributing, but it's more borderline to me than some of the other odd choices. Kudos to the developer for preserving the station with masonry and roof showing high fidelity with the original - however, the landscaping directly obscuring the facade, the smoked glass 1980s-1990s plate windows and the scale of the addition detract from the character of the original. Overall, it seems to have been remodeled to be a fairly unused side/front porch for the building behind it, rather than a focal entry/storefront.

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