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Esso Station, Mena, Arkansas 9 | by David Hoffman '41
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Esso Station, Mena, Arkansas 9

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[This set has 11 images] The restored Esso gas/service station in Mena, Arkansas dates from 1928 (although the National Register nomination form gives the date as 1948). Just down the block from the Studebaker Showroom (see my album at ) The Esso station and the showroom provide an interesting glimpse into the Art Moderne style of commercial architecture. Built of concrete blocks, the Esso station has stucco on the facades. The canopy is curved and covers two restored gas pumps, one red and the other blue. Just above the canopy where it meets the main building is a parapet in two stages of elevation. Horizontal lines highlight the upper portion of the building. The front facade has a wooden door with a single rectangular pane, flanked by single pane display windows. Various advertisement stickers are on door and windows. Two recessed bays are to the right of the entrance and contain various antique automobiles. Wood benches under the windows attest to the social nature of the gas station. An Ames hose is mounted on the wall between one of the benches and a repair bay. The tree may or may not be on the property, but in had its appeal in the early morning sunlight. The station's collection of antique cars and automotive memorabilia are not generally open to the public. The structure is a part of the Mena Commercial Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 23, 2009 with a reference number 09000321


The Mena Commercial historic District nomination form can be found at


The photos in this series:

1) front facade, canopy, pumps, entry and display windows from an angle

2) front facade, canopy, pumps, entry and display windows from another angle

3) a side facade of the building and canopy

4) a view of the corner of the building and side facade

5) restored gas pumps

6) restored gas pumps

7) benches with Coca Cola ads

8) door covered with advertising stickers

9) a display window covered with advertising stickers

10) wall-mounted Ames ReelEasy hose (still made today)

11) a side diversion of a tree next to the station


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Taken on May 18, 2018