The Changing Face of West Main: Gas to Pho

IMG_9712 - Version 2A lot has changed in the last few years along West Main Street with much more change in store in the near future.  Some construction has made new uses of old buildings. This former gas station, turned auto repair, is now a restaurant with patio seating where gas pumps once stood.DSC_0635

I first posted on this  building more than two years ago in this post on Charlottesville Then and Now.

Holsinger Texaco Wagon West MainThe oldest photograph I’ve been able to find of this West Main Street location is this one by Rufus Holsinger (Courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library) taken a century ago, well before the gas station was built.  The building seen here still stands with a number of changes.DSC_0636


1592This last photo from the Coiner Collection at C’ville Images shows the service station in the background of this portrait from the 1940s.

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