Renovated Gas Station Makes National Historic Registry

Roanoke, VA - A former Roanoke gas station has returned to its original glory, and it just might inspire other stations to do the same.

The Farrell family decided it was time to clean up the old property and turn it back into an image of what it once was.

The project, which is now on the State and National Historic Registries, was really pushed by one of Berglund's project managers who had been dreaming of the job for more than a few years.

After some tax credits and grants came through... the two year project was completed earlier this summer.

For years Berglund Auto Project Manager, Todd Bandy, thought about how cool it would be to restore this 1940's era gas station.

Finally a few years ago it all worked out and his boss - and property owner - gave the go ahead.

"It started out fairly simple at first and I was thinking, you know, it's just going to take a short amount of time to do it. It doubled that. It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of work but I'm glad I had the opportunity to do it," said Bandy.

The year they would settle on would be 1947... the year it was built.

A time when Williamson Road was the way into the Star City and gas was just .23 cents a gallon.

A time when this Amoco station provided the service to those who passed here daily.

"In the 40's and 50's and 60's and on up this was the place to come cruise. This was the thoroughfare into Roanoke," said Bandy.

The project wasn't easy and wasn't cheap. Including the grants and tax credits the total value of the project: Just under $200,000 dollars.

"It's kind of dressed this area up a bit and we're hoping others will do the same thing," said Bandy.

The perfect addition to an area on the move. An area that represents Roanoke's automotive history that now has a new "old" reminder of those days.

"What better thing for car history than to fix the building up. We sell cars, that's our thing so why not fix this up for those people," said Bandy.

The owners don't have any big plans for the property and don't plan on renting the space out.

They do hope that it will be a centerpiece for the decades old tradition of cruising down Williamson Road on weekend evenings during the summer.