Friday, January 11, 2013

[Suburbia Lost] Shell Station - Symmes Township



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An abandoned Shell gasoline station off of Montgomery Rd. in Symmes Township, near Loveland and Mason.


Since the automobile rose to dominate the American transportation spectrum, filling stations have come ro reinvent themselves through the years. Gone are the days of classic "petroliana" with clean cut employees pumping the gas to mega-stations with nearly every kind of convenience in mind. From car washes to groceries to premium fuel blends, gas stations have reinvented themselves to become one stop shops. Their wide parking lots are typically dominated by large roofs with fluorescent lights and they're a dime a dozen in the suburban landscape.

When abandoned, they rapidly deteriorate, such as this one - now a "shell" of its former life where the car wash has become a canvas for local wannabe "hood rats."

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Suburbia Lost is an ongoing documentation of decay in the sphere of a perceived paradise. After years of photographing abandoned, forgotten, and often historical locations in the city, this project aims to take a look at how structures fare in the sphere of suburbia. You can view other entires in the project, here

Update | Oct. 21, 2017:
  • This gas station is now a standalone Dunkin Donuts with the carwash still standing, completely boarded up.

4 comments:

  1. that has to be a eyesore. Wonder how long its been like that...

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  2. Right down the street from me. Its been about 5 years now!

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  3. This old Shell building in Symmes has torn down and replace with Dunkin Donuts this year.but their old car wash still there.

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