This former Sinclair station (above) found in Booneville, Mississippi has had its canopy enclosed and its service doors replaced with a storefront. Despite this it is still recognizable as a Sinclair design.
The 2016 TxDOT Field Guide to Gas Stations in Texas describes these Sinclair stations of the c.1930s era as having the form of an oblong box with an offset canopy. Other identifying features the field guide identified are:
• Flat roof with pent roof parapets covered in tile
• Smooth stucco exterior finish
• Canopy with decorative tile or other decorative elements.
• Larger corner columns with brackets support canopy.
• Pedimented parapets on canopy, featuring rectangular signage on each elevation
• Service bays extend from side of office.
• Single-door entrance with multi-light transom.
• Display window with multi-light transom.
• Variations of size depended on site location factors; highway sites were typically larger and more complex than those found in town.
• Mission or Spanish Eclectic stylistic influences.
Jackson had at least two of these stations, one on Mill Street (demolished c.1980s), and the other on North State Street (demolished c.1945).
Sinclair operated as an independent company from 1916 until 1969, when it was acquired by the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) who further broke up the brand.
Do you know of any other Sinclair stations of this style in Mississippi?
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