Lafayette, Indiana: Red Crown Mini-MuseumA restored 1920s gas station displays petroliana and nostalgic items from other old gas stations.
- 605 South St., Lafayette, IN
- I-65 exit 172. West on Hwy 26 for 3.5 miles. Left on 6th St. One block south, on the southeast corner of 6th and South Sts.
Visitor Tips and News About Red Crown Mini-Museum
The Red Crown Mini-Museum is a 1930s-era Standard Oil filling station that was restored in 1991 and turned into a "walk-by" museum by local businessman Don Stein. It features a couple of restored antique cars in the auto bays, a 1931 Ford Model B wrecker in the parking lot, and miscellaneous gas-station memorabilia inside.
Check the mailbox on the front of the building. There are supposed to be picture postcards and information sheets in there, but it was empty when I visited.[Brady Smith, 04/29/2002]
The original building was constructed in 1927-28 by Standard Oil Company of Indiana. The Red Crown was threatened with destruction in the 1980s. In 1991, Stein restored the building at no cost to the public. A chronological history of the Red Crown Mini-Museum notes that over 1,000 man hours were spent hand-removing 41 layers of paint from the inside glazed brick walls. The "fallen roof was removed and replaced with red tile imported from Chillicothe, Ohio, where it had been in storage by Standard Oil for over 50 years."