When it comes to architecture, one thing is for sure: you don’t have to build something like Burj Khalifa to draw attention. That definitely helps, but this lovely teapot gas station proves you can do it for cheap.
Known as the Teapot Dome, this architectural jewel is located in Zillah, Washington, and was built almost 100 years ago, as a monument to the Teapot Dome Scandal, which involved a number of important American figures.
Until a few years ago, before it went out of use, the Teapot Dome was considered the oldest gas station in America, but now it’s just a local monument that definitely needs preserving.
There are some buildings which look pretty cheap and ready to be pulled down so other new buildings can take its place. Some of them are just bunch of old junk which really needs to be removed but some of them, like the building we are going to present you now, deserve to be saved because of their important historical significance and uniqueness.
The Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, Washington is one example of architectural folly listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Many such follies were constructed as roadside attractions as the national highway system in the United States expanded during the 1920s and 1930s. The building has a circular frame with a conical roof, sheet metal “handle,” and a concrete “spout.” The station was intended to be a reminder of the Teapot Dome Scandal that rocked the presidency of Warren G. Harding and sent Interior Secretary Albert Fall to prison for his role in leasing government oil reserves in, among other places, Teapot Dome, Wyoming. The unique service station continued operation as a full service gas station for some years. When Interstate 82 was constructed near Zillah, the station was relocated less than a mile down the Yakima Valley Highway. In 2007, the town of Zillah purchased the station, and is attempting to raise money to keep it operational.