Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Seashell Gas Station Team Field Report

E Sprague St., Winston-Salem, NC
North of I-40, E. Clemmonsville Rd to left on E Sprague St. and Peachtree St.
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Shell Station.

Seashell Gas Station

A bright yellow seashell that once serviced North Carolina's gas guzzlers. Report...

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Shell Gas Station

This is a neat place to check out. On the national historic register. The neighborhood is quite safe; I go there all the time. Some homes are a bit shabby, but there are plenty of nice homes and the folks there are kind and hard working.

[Miriam Colon, 02/09/2014]
Shell Gas Station

My boyfriend and I stopped at the Shell Station. It is a cool-looking building, however, we wanted to let people know that it is not in a good area of town. We drove through and the area has gone downhill and we were too afraid to get out of our car to take a picture of it. The building looks like it has been vacant a long time and is starting to look a bit run down.

[Nicole, 06/11/2013]

The Shell Gas Station was built in the shape of the yellow Shell company logo in the late 1930s and is considered a classic of roadside architecture.

Shell-shaped Shell gas station.

Shell-shaped Gas Station at Night

Hit it at night. Very romantic.

[Grove, 10/18/2011]

A bouquet of dipsticks and the evening would be complete!

Shell-shaped gas station.

Shell Shaped Gas station

We had a little trouble finding this, but when we did we were in luck. The owner of the property pulled up the same time we did. He was so proud, opened up the station and gave us a tour and history. He had pictures of the 7 other ones that were built. He said that the Shell gas company wanted to make a statement when the horse and buggy was fading away and the gas-powered motors took over. He was trimming the tree over the archway on the left.

There is even an old drive up ramp they used to pull cars up on to repair. It has a fresh coat of paint.

The surrounding yards are equally interesting. Lots of yard art that's for sure.

[Linda, 11/19/2010]

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